Sheriff won’t seek charges against rapper The Game
Thursday, August 18, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Game will not face criminal charges after a tweet from the rapper’s account incited a telephone flash mob that jammed the emergency phone system at one of the busiest stations of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, the agency said Wednesday.
Capt. Mike Parker said the department decided to drop the matter after conducting an investigation and consulting with the district attorney’s office. He also welcomed an apology the rapper made to the department.
“His willingness to help share with the media and the community that the safety of the public is what is most important is a great message,” Parker said in a statement.
The tweet posted on The Game’s Twitter account on Friday encouraged his 580,000 followers to call a number if they wanted an internship.
That number turned out to be the Compton station’s official help line.
Phones at the southeast Los Angeles County station were jammed by hundreds of calls for more than two hours, prompting authorities to bring in additional help. Many callers hung up as soon as someone answered, while others asked deputies about a music internship.
The sheriff’s department said during that time people with legitimate issues that included a missing person, spousal abuse and two robberies were also trying to call in.
The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, later told CNN it was a “joke gone wrong.”
“I never intended for anybody to take it the wrong way or for it to go this far, and just, you know, I think it’s all nonsense,” he said.
Parker said the department was consulting with legal experts to see whether legislation could be developed to address social media messages that may cause harm to public safety, while still respecting individuals’ rights to freedom of speech.
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