In an unfortunate turn of events, Nicki Minaj, the renowned rapper, reportedly fell victim to a distressing swatting prank.
Nicki Minaj gets swatted: Just last week, a mischievous individual dialed the authorities (911), falsely alleging that Nicki’s precious child was being subjected to abuse.
According to a law enforcement source who spoke with TMZ, the anonymous caller contacted child services, raising the alarm about the alleged mistreatment of Minaj’s 2-year-old son. Consequently, sheriff’s deputies promptly arrived at the rapper’s residence in Los Angeles to investigate the distressing claims.
On the fateful day of Monday, June 5th, at approximately 6 PM, the Sheriff’s deputies paid a visit to Nicki’s abode. They engaged in discussions with the rapper herself, as well as her husband, Kenneth Petty.
Following a thorough examination of the child, who exhibited no signs of abuse, the law enforcement officials concluded that the distressing episode was nothing more than a deplorable “swatting” prank.
Fire at Nicki’s house: Regrettably, the ordeal didn’t end there. Hours later, another vexatious caller dialed the 911 dispatch to report a supposed fire at Nicki Minaj’s residence.
This subsequent incident was swiftly recognized as yet another malicious swatting attempt, compelling Minaj to reportedly enlist the services of a legal representative in order to hold those responsible for these appalling pranks accountable.
Nicki has allegedly instructed her lawyers to delve into the matter and pursue legal action against the presumed perpetrators.
What is Swatting?: It is worth noting that “swatting” refers to the reprehensible act of deliberately contacting law enforcement to report a false crime or emergency, prompting an unwarranted and potentially dangerous deployment of police personnel, including specialized S.W.A.T. teams, to a specific location.
Authorities have repeatedly cautioned against partaking in such reckless activities, emphasizing that “swatting” only squanders precious time and resources that could otherwise be allocated to more worthwhile endeavors.
It is vital to recognize that fabricating a 911 call constitutes an unlawful act, carrying serious legal consequences in California. Perpetrators may face felony or misdemeanor charges, resulting in fines and incarceration.
According to former FBI agent Kevin Kolbye, estimates suggest that the number of swatting incidents surged from 400 cases in 2011 to over 1,000 in 2019.
However, these figures may actually be higher, as the FBI does not explicitly track such cases, and numerous police departments struggle to differentiate between genuine calls for assistance and false reports.