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Twitch streamer 'Keffals' arrested by Canadian police in traumatic swatting incident

Keffals awoke in her home to an assault rifle pointed in her face by London Police Services.

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Popular Twitch streamer and LGBTQ+ activist Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti has been left shaken up following a swatting incident last week during which she was arrested by Canadian police. As noted by Keffals in a YouTube video talking about the ordeal, someone impersonated her and made a variety of false statements in emails to “every city counselor" in London, Ontario saying she had killed her mother and was in possession of an illegal firearm with the intent to “go to City Hall and shoot every cisgender person there.”

Obviously all these statements are as outlandish as they are false, as emphasized by things like the use of Keffals’ deadname in the emails that were sent, but that didn’t stop Canadian police from proceeding with the swatting regardless. Adding to the absurdity of the situation, this isn’t the first time Keffals has been targeted as back on July 31, as reported by Kotaku, someone had previously impersonated her in a different, but similar set of threatening emails sent to Toronto politicians.

This was later identified as a “misleading swatting incident” by the sergeant of the Toronto police department. Unfortunately, even though there would be police records of that previous incident to reference, and it having happened only a few weeks prior, London Police Services still went ahead with treating the claims as if they were legitimate.

Twitch streamer Keffals in her YouTube video holding up a copy of one of the documents from the recent swatting incident.
© Keffals

Keffals says that she was woken up in her home “by London Police Services pointing an assault rifle” in her face and was served with a search warrant. In that search warrant, police went looking for things like a handgun, ammunition, cartridges, a gun case, as well as cellphones and computers. The end result was Keffals’ computer that she livestreams from, and her fiance’s equipment, being seized by police.

Twitch streamer Keffals in her YouTube video holding up an evidence bag of property seized during the swatting incident.
© Keffals

Since the swatting incident, the police have not only failed to make up for terrorizing her for no reason, she remains a suspect in an investigation of a crime she did not commit, and has been locked out of her accounts as a result of said investigation.

This comes despite the fact that the police failed to find any weapons or weapon ammunition in Keffals’ home, and the fact that they directly questioned her mother, rendering email claims that she’d killed her mother completely and obviously false.

Keffals has since had to spend thousands to replace the devices that were taken by London Police Services, and given the lack of safety at her current location, is now seeking to move. With this, Keffals has launched a GoFundMe page seeking help with moving costs and legal fees.

The news of Keffals being swatted comes after the streamer had previously been banned from Twitch after she openly discussed the abuse she’d been receiving. Abuse which, as emphasized by recent news, has only continued to escalate.

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      August 11, 2022 1:54 PM

      This is fucking disgusting. What the fuck.

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      August 11, 2022 2:44 PM

      Kiwi Farms has been targeting her, trying to get her to kill herself apparently.

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      August 11, 2022 2:59 PM

      What the actual fuck?!

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      August 11, 2022 3:04 PM

      someone impersonated her and made a variety of false statements in emails to “every city counselor" in London, Ontario saying she had killed her mother and was in possession of an illegal firearm with the intent to “go to City Hall and shoot every cisgender person there.”

      Obviously all these statements are as outlandish as they are false, as emphasized by things like the use of Keffals’ deadname in the emails that were sent, but that didn’t stop Canadian police from proceeding with the swatting regardless.


      holy fuck the internet was such a mistake

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      August 11, 2022 3:08 PM

      That’s fucking awful. Of course there will be zero repercussions to the people and community that initiated it.

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        August 11, 2022 3:11 PM

        If the victim was American and done in America, the country there is better apt to go after swatters, relatively speaking.

        In Canada is forget about it

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          August 12, 2022 3:13 AM

          Yeah. Canada don't care. 900 millions extra and delays for the tunnel out of nowhere? Nobody is going to ask questions and nobody is going to be blamed.

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        August 11, 2022 4:56 PM

        They stormed the house and falsely arrested her and their primary concern is they used the wrong pronoun. 🤦‍♂️

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      August 11, 2022 4:56 PM

      If this can happen to her, it can happen to anyone. This is fucking terrifying

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        August 11, 2022 5:09 PM

        It mainly happened to her because she is an incredibly toxic person online and was directly antagonizing the Kiwi Farm community, which is the most deplorable online community on the internet. Kiwi Farms being known for doxxing, harassing, DDoSing, swatting, and making false FBI reports to people they are against.

        Not to imply she deserves what has happened. No one deserves to be swatted under any circumstance

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          August 11, 2022 6:10 PM

          Right.. did it never cross your mind that Kiwifarms started shit with her first? It's scary because there are people out there practicing this method and getting exceedingly good at it

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          August 11, 2022 6:12 PM

          It mainly happened because someone called in a fucking false threat to the police in order to harm or injure a streamer.

          No need to do some weird backbendy justifications.

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          August 11, 2022 9:13 PM

          I don't consider toxicity toward KF to be "toxic" at all but necessary

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          August 11, 2022 9:58 PM

          So she stood up to terrorists?

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          August 12, 2022 2:08 AM

          She was 'toxic' to terrorists and somehow you make it sound as if it's HER fault? What the hell man. Everybody should be joining her in 'antagonizing' those pieces of shit.

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          August 12, 2022 6:08 AM

          It mainly happened to her because she is an incredibly toxic person online and was directly antagonizing she stood up to the the Kiwi Farm community forum full of white supremacist, fascist, nazi, mouth breathers. There, I fixed that for you.

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        August 12, 2022 3:37 AM

        Lol, what? I have no idea who that person is. It's not like it's george clooney, then your statement would stand

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          August 12, 2022 4:39 AM

          I took it to mean that she was 'anyone;' i.e. not some well known personality.

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      August 11, 2022 4:59 PM

      The entire concept of swatting is so fucking insane. Like, how the hell is that even possible?

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      August 11, 2022 5:03 PM

      Horrible. The Government can totally wreck your life and then just move on like nothing happened

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        August 12, 2022 3:23 AM

        I don’t know how it is in Canada, but I’m the US, police unions are cults that aren’t really part of the government. They’re… unremovable and unaccountable. They’re not part of the regular government.

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      August 12, 2022 6:38 AM

      I remember when we could just call each other assholes and not have to worry about some prepubescent nerds calling the police because they had their feelings hurt. The old internet was the best internet.

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      August 12, 2022 7:18 AM

      Swatting sucks, but the reaction is over-reaction. "I thought I was going to die". Really? If the cops wanted you dead, they would have shot you when you were asleep, not woken you up and presented you with a search warrant. Also the cops gave her shit back less than a week later, when they were done investigating. Why the begging for funding to buy brand new shit?

      I have no dog in the race and had no clue who the person is beforehand, but the reaction seems like typical attention grabbing to get more money/views.

      Yes, swatting is bad and scary for the victim, but the begging for money immediately, erases any sympathy.

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        August 12, 2022 12:03 PM

        Streamers only get paid once a month. They take her stuff and there goes a huge chunk of money while living paycheck to paycheck. Have some empathy.

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