Thursday, January 24, 2013

California bills target false 911 calls in 'swatting' cases

After a spate of phony reports of crimes at celebrities' homes, legislators from the Los Angeles area propose bills to increase penalties for making bogus reports to police.
LAPD officers on Arrowhead Drive in the Hollywood Hills, where they are investigating a hoax connected to a reported home¿invasion robbery call Wednesday at a Hollywood Hills residence owned by actor Ashton Kutcher. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times / January 24, 2013)

SACRAMENTO — Alarmed that pranksters have called 911 to report false emergencies at the homes of celebrities including Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise, two Southern California legislators have proposed laws to get tougher with anyone engaged in "swatting."

A bill announced Wednesday by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) would allow longer sentences for and greater restitution from those convicted of making false reports to the police. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca asked for the measure.

A similar proposal has been introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles)...

You can read this entire story and more at the Los Angeles Times, by clicking HERE

 Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly.  He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, and portions of the Hollywood Hills and East Hollywood.  

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