Paxton's home target of New Year's Day 'swatting' incident

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Wednesday morning that his home in McKinney was victim to a “swatting” incident.

Paxton took to social media to alert the public that he and his family “were not home at the time and were made aware of the false report when a state trooper, who was contacted by McKinney police, informed [them] of the incident.”

“On New Year’s Day, a currently unidentified caller made a false report to 911 describing a life-threatening situation at our home in McKinney. As a result, the City of McKinney Police and Fire Departments quickly and bravely responded to what they believed could be a dangerous environment,” he explained.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation “swatting” is “making a hoax call to 9-1-1 to draw a response from law enforcement, usually a [special weapons and tactics or] SWAT Team … it is a serious crime, and one that has potentially dangerous consequences.”

“It is also important to acknowledge that this ‘swatting’ incident happened weeks after the disgraced Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, his lieutenants, and the Dallas Morning News doxed our family by publicly posting our address,” Paxton continued on social media.

“We understand some people may not agree with our strong conservative efforts to secure the border, prevent election fraud, and protect our constitutional liberties, but compromising the effectiveness and safety of law enforcement is completely unacceptable.”

In October, Paxton filed criminal complaints regarding a document dump related to his impeachment trial last summer. At the time those documents were unredacted and included personal information, including the address of Ken and Texas Sen. Angela Paxton’s (R-McKinney) Austin home. 

The McKinney home address, where the “swatting” incident occurred, was not included.

Paxton said that he and his family received “multiple threats of violence” following the document release and noted that the “legislature passed an anti-doxing law to stop the far left from using intimidation tactics like leaking or releasing personal information that would allow nefarious individuals to do harm to elected officials.”

Doxing, or doxxing, refers to the publication of private information about a person or persons, often without their consent, for the purpose of harassing the victim.

House Bill 611, passed during Texas’ 88th Legislative Session, creates a criminal offense in the case of a person who “posts on a publicly accessible website the residence address or telephone number of an individual with the intent to cause harm or a threat of harm to the individual or a member of the individual’s family or household.”

"Making false reports to 911 is a crime which should be vigorously prosecuted when this criminal is identified. These fake calls divert resources from actual emergencies and crimes and could endanger our first responders," the Paxtons told Fox News following the swatting. "We are grateful for the bravery and professionalism of the men and women serving in the McKinney police and fire departments."

In recent months, a string of swatting incidents occurred across the country to Republican elected officials and a conservative activist.

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA-14) said on Christmas Day that she had been swatted for “like the 8th time.” Georgia’s Republican Lt. Gov. Burt Jones was swatted on December 27 when “a bomb threat” was called into his office. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) was also swatted that same day by “cowards” while he and his wife were at dinner. Online conservative influencer Jack Posobiec also posted about his parents being swatted on December 23 and again on Christmas Day.

A number of Democratic lawmakers have been swatted over the holiday season, notably Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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