Black Lives Matter leader targeted in another 'swatting' incident, LAPD says

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Friday, September 24, 2021
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A 'swatting' incident that occurred in August 2020, at the home of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, is at the center of a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A leader of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles who was targeted in a swatting incident last year was the victim of another apparent false emergency call Thursday, authorities said.

Los Angeles Police Department officers were called to the residence of Melina Abdullah about 9:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of Wellington Road, near Washington Boulevard after receiving a call that Abdullah's young son had contacted police claiming Abdullah had overdosed on pills and requested assistance, police Capt. Stacy Spell told the Los Angeles Times.

A unit and a supervisor was sent to Abdullah's home to check on her, Spell said.

Spell told The Times officers "were able to determine that she was not in any danger" after a neighbor was able to contact Abdullah and notify her that police were at her door.

The responding officers ultimately determined the report was a false emergency call for service intended to elicit a large police response to the location.

LAPD officers responded to the home of Black Lives Matter co-founder Melina Abdullah in what may have been a prank or "swatting" incident.

Abdullah filed a lawsuit this week alleging the LAPD had acted improperly after a similar call last year to her home and said Thursday's swatting call was "very suspicious" as it came on the heels of her lawsuit.

"The timing is not coincidental," she told The Times.

Anyone with information on the swatting call is asked to call the LAPD's Major Crimes Division at (213) 486-7280.