Bot Sentinel Founder Christopher Bouzy said that he was “swatted” yesterday at his home in North Bergen, with local police indicating they’re looking into a possible “trolling” or harassment incident.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Some troll just called the @nbpolice and swatted us. Said there was yelling, stomping, and screaming coming from our house,” Bouzy tweeted at 1:49 p.m. yesterday.
“My son was taking a nap, my better half was watching a movie, and I was answering DMs. Thankfully, @nbpolice are professionals and handled it well…I sincerely hope the @nbpolice finds out who did this and takes the appropriate action. This could’ve ended tragically because some clown thinks it’s fun to play games with people’s lives.”
Bouzy, who launched Bot Sentinel in 2018 to “to help people identify inauthentic [social media] accounts and toxic trolls,” has been highly critical of Twitter since Elon Musk took over and is considering launching a completely new platform.
Bot Sentinel was featured in an October 2021 episode of “Inside Edition” that delved into organized trolls leading an online hate campaign against Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, also known as Meghan Markle.
According to North Bergen Police Capt. David Dowd, two uniformed officers from the patrol division responded to an apartment on Meadowview Avenue at approximately 1:17 p.m. on a report of a child screaming.
“Two police officers calmly responded and upon speaking with the residents, did not observe anyone in need of assistance,” Dowd told HCV in an email.
“Although this matter does not meet the criteria for a swatting incident, we are nonetheless investigating the source of the call, as the victim feels he was ‘trolled’ or possibly harassed by the reporting person.”
Bouzy also tried his hand at predicting House and Senate races during the midterm elections earlier this month, calling that Democrats would stave off an expected red wave and maintain the House and Senate.
While the House flipped red, the Democrats held the Senate by one seat, with the Georgia runoff election between U.S. Rep. Rev. Raphael Warnock (D) and Herschel Walker (R) still looming next month.