Rapper The Game could face criminal charges after he tweeted the phone number of the sheriff's station in Compton, CA -- but told people it was the number to call for an internship -- causing the station's phone lines to become overrun with calls and delaying emergency services.
The calls began around 5:20 PM PT, with most callers hanging up when they heard it was a sheriff's station ... and the rest asking how they could intern for The Game.
Deputies eventually discovered The Game's tweets and Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker tweeted at him to put an end to it...
U Tweeted phone# of #LASD #Compton Sheriff & said 2 call 4 internship when there is none. Lg.vol.calls R compromising publicsafety
The Game eventually responded saying,
Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job !!!! #iSpeak4ThePeopleIt didn't end there, Capt. Mike Parker tweeted The Game again asking him to remove his tweets,
We again ask U 2remove #LASD #Compton Sheriff phone# as if intern job bit.ly/qFuA3y #Flashcalls harmed publicsafety
and another one....
Plz delete Tweet off UR wall of phone# that begins with 310: #LASD #Compton #Sheriff This is compromising public safety. Hi # calls
After The Game stirred up Twitter some more, he eventually deleted the tweets with the phone number and wrote,
P.S. who killed Biggie & Pac ???
The calls ended around 8:00 PM, but Capt. Parker said it was unclear how many people with legitimate calls could not get through during that time.
According to the Sheriff's Department, they plan on turning over a complaint to the District Attorney's office to possibly file charges -- including delaying or obstructing a peace officer in the performance of their duties.
Should Game get charged for Tweeting?
Game says he never authored the tweet in question and that he was in the middle of a photo shoot Friday night when a childhood friend of his -- whose Twitter handle is @wackstar -- began going to town on The Game's phone ... typing in five phone numbers and calling people to action.
The Game insists his friend had no idea one of the numbers went to the Sheriff's Department.
Capt. Parker says
"The investigation continues."
"We find the rapper's alleged comments in news media reports and on Twitter interesting and relevant, including who he says is actually responsible. "
Capt. Parker wants Game to contact the Sheriff's Department so they can sort this all out.
UPDATE (August 17, 2011)
The Game is officially in the clear after allegedly tweeting the phone number of the Compton Sheriff's Station in L.A. .... to over half a million people.
Captain Mike Parker just released a statement, claiming,
"The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will not be seeking criminal charges."
Captain Parker says the apology was
"relevant and well-received."
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