Missouri pushes for tougher penalties after 'swatting' death

January 19, 2018 - 8:11 pm

A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for tougher penalties after a death that resulted from a prank call to police.

Rep. Bill Kidd, (R-Independence), has filed legislation to hold pranksters civilly and criminally liable if they make a call resulting in an emergency response.

The push comes amid the rise of "swatting," a prank in which someone calls the police to report an emergency that requires officers to send a SWAT team. The prank turned deadly last month when police fatally shot a Kansas man at his home after receiving a call about a shooting and kidnapping. The alleged caller, Tyler Barriss, faces manslaughter charges in the death.

Kidd says existing false-report laws aren't suited for police hoaxes resulting in injury or death. Missouri has no state law dealing with swatting.

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