August 7, 2022

Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon swatted, likely targeted political attack

Police resources are already stretched thin in many areas. However, some have made a sinister game out of frivolous calls about high-profile figures.

Police raided the home of media mogul Steve Bannon Friday after receiving a false report that he had shot someone, the Washington Examiner reported. The 68-year-old had served as a chief strategist under former President Donald Trump though it’s unclear if this was a targeted political attack.

Authorities were called to Bannon’s Washington, D.C. row home that morning. Armed officers swarmed the area and entered the home based on a report that someone in his row house was having a mental breakdown and a person was shot.

However, it became apparent that this was a false report upon entering the home. There were occupants inside at the time of the incident, though the report does not specify whether Bannon was there.

The identity of the caller is unknown but police do not believe it came from anyone inside Bannon’s home. In recent years, the practice of sending police to the homes of celebrities based on outrageous reports of criminal activities has become popular.

Known as “swatting,” several celebrities have had their houses raided after reports were called in. Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez, Ryan Seacrest, Russell Brand, Sean Combs, and Rihanna have also had it happen to them  — and all in the same week, Slate reported in 2015.

This incident comes as Bannon is about to face criminal contempt charges for refusing to testify for the January 6 committee, CNN reported. Bannon has pleaded not guilty and cites executive privilege he believes exempts him from answering the subpoenas.

There is clearly an issue with law enforcement being falsely sent to the homes of celebrities. However, it’s especially concerning in Bannon’s case in light of the current political climate and his ties to Trump.

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