IShowSpeed ​​Beaten and handcuffed during YouTube live stream

Cincinnati police handcuffed the very popular but controversial YouTube streamer IShowSpeed ​​during an apparent beating incident live on the stream.

Swatting is not a particularly new phenomenon. The term itself emerged sometime in the mid-2000s, but the basic premise of a prank 911 call goes back decades. Although some countries have taken steps to criminalize these dangerous pranks, they continue to be semi-regular. And while victims can be both private and public figures of all kinds, streamers on platforms like Twitch and youtube seem to be popular targets.

YouTube streamer IShowSpeed ​​is one of the latest online personalities to fall victim to a swatting incident. Known for his chaotic live streams, the YouTuber has approximately 10.5 million subscribers, of which over 3 million watched him handcuffed live by Cincinnati police officers on Aug. 8.


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Many of IShowSpeed’s 10 million+ fans tuned in to a live stream titled “wtf” on Monday. However, viewers were surprised to see the YouTuber handcuffed and surrounded by three Cincinnati police officers instead of the usual. The cameraman approaches the group to tell IShowSpeed ​​he’s been beaten, but a fourth officer orders him to back off, which the cameraman does. Viewers can hear IShowSpeed ​​say to the officers, “I didn’t know bro. Oh my god brother. I swear I didn’t do anything.”

Another officer then steps forward and escorts the cameraman further from the crime scene. The officer then appears to physically take the phone from the cameraman’s hands before dropping it onto a nearby table with an audible bang. Viewers can then hear a muffled conversation between IShowSpeed ​​and the responding officers. While the words are difficult to understand, viewers can overhear portions of the conversation, including the word “Swatted” and one of the officers saying, “I believe you.” This lasts less than a minute before officers hear the live transmission and force them to turn it off.

This isn’t the first time the controversial YouTube and Twitch streamer has had an encounter with his local emergency services. To celebrate the Fourth of July, IShowSpeed ​​made the unwise decision to set off Pikachu fireworks on his bed. The room soon filled with smoke and sparks before the pyrotechnics finally burst onto its floor. This earned IShowSpeed ​​a visit from the fire department, and its viewers were able to watch live as they inspected the room for damage. However, yesterday’s encounter put the streamer in a very different kind of peril.

IShowSpeed ​​isn’t the only streamer to be the victim of an apparent slap in the face recently, either. PixelKitten and HeyItsMeSalty were beaten in June, while Canadian Twitch streamer Keffals woke up on August 5 to find a police officer pointing a gun at her while she lay in bed. Meanwhile, Twitch star Adin Ross fell victim to the dangerous prank while live-streaming on Aug. 7.

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TaraSubramaniam is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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