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Trans Twitch streamer arrested by police and ‘terrified’ after incident

Trans Twitch streamer arrested by police and 'terrified' after incident
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UPDATE 08/12/22: Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti is no longer a suspect in this police investigation.

The streamer tweeted the news: “I have spoken to the Chief Constable of the London Police Service and I am no longer a suspect in the investigation. They are now treating this as a provocation.”

THE Police Chief Steve Williams made a statements further confirms this. “Upon further investigation, we do not believe that the threatening letters received by City Hall officials originated with Ms. Sorrenti.”

“We believe there was a deliberate attempt by a third party to raise suspicions about Ms. Sorrenti with what are now believed to be false threats to harm people at City Hall. This is sometimes referred to as ‘swatting.’ and all his belongings were returned to him.”

The statement also confirmed that an investigation was underway to determine the origin of the emails.

Williams elaborates on the incident, explaining that the officers are “specially trained to handle high-risk situations peacefully,” but admits that “on average, having heavily armed police officers come to your residence would be traumatic.” He also denies that Sorrenti died during the investigation.

In a follow-up tweet, Sorrenti said she had saved enough money to move home.


ORIGINAL STORY 08/11/22:Twitch streamer Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti was “horrified” by police when she was arrested after a swatting incident.

The trans-Canadian broadcaster recounted the incident in a YouTube video titled “My life is in danger. I need your help,” in which she described being woken up in her home by police pointing a rifle at her face.

Later, he was accused of crimes he did not commit and taken into police custody.


Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti: My life is in danger. I need your help.

During the interrogation, he was informed that he had sent letters to all the councilors in the area – London, Ontario – that he had killed his mother, that he had an illegal firearm and that he planned to enter the city hall and shoot everyone. cisgender man there.

Despite the emails being riddled with errors and naming Sorrenti — which he said was “something a troll would say” — police took the threat seriously. He believes that this shows the bias of the police against trans people.

Although Sorrenti legally changed his name ten years ago, police continued to call him by his dead name.

Police searched Sorrenti’s home for a handgun, ammunition, cartridges, cleaning tools, a gun case, cell phones and computers. They seized his work and personal phones, as well as the computer he used to stream Twitch, and his partner’s phone and computer.

As a result, both were functionally out of business, Sorrenti says, and he spent thousands of dollars replacing the equipment.

Even now, he can’t access certain platforms because police are still holding his phone and computer until it can be analyzed by digital forensics, which could take months. Although he was released after police realized this was not Sorrenti’s first attack.

“Even though I got a search warrant to search my house and found no weapons, and even though my mother is alive and well, I’m still a suspect in the investigation by the London police,” Sorrenti said.

As a trans broadcaster with videos and streams on LGBT+ and political issues, Sorrenti is no stranger to controversy. He was recently banned from Twitch for openly discussing the harassment he received on the platform.

However, she says that this attack was based on discrimination based on gender identity.

“Swatting is a crime. Identity theft is a crime. And it was a hate crime against me because it was a hate crime against transgender people,” says Sorrenti.

“Instead of helping me, the police scared me and my loved ones, shook me and put me and my fiancé on the verge of losing everything. They victimized me because I was a victim of a hate crime.”

Sorrenti notes that if there is no anti-hunting policy in his country, it is likely to happen again in the future.

He adds: “I don’t know when I’ll be back streaming on Twitch yet. I thought I was going to die when I was woken up by police officers and saw a machine gun pointed at me. I feel traumatized.

“I just want everyone to know what happened and to help me seek justice for what happened to me.”

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