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It wasn't exactly an attack by the hacker group Anonymous, but the Compton Sheriff's Station was inundated with calls over the weekend after a tweet from the account of rapper The Game offered internships and listed the non-emergency number for deputies.
Sheriff's officials were pissed, and the tweet was ultimately taken down. The Game said someone hacked his account, resulting in the “flashcalls.”
And while authorities said their lines were overwhelmed with inquiries from would-be Game interns as emergencies were happening, the rapper had some choice words for the Sheriff's Department (via Twitter):
Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job !!!!
In response a sheriff's official told reporters that homicides were down in Compton by as much as 50 (per) cent in recent years (really).
Deputies said in a statement that the calls came for two hours starting at 5:23 p.m. on Friday, thanks to the 31-year-old rapper's influence. He has 580,000 Twitter followers.
Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker tweeted at the Game and asked him to take down the number. That eventually did happen, but a sheriff's statement noted that The Game gave no official response to the request.
Many of the callers hung up when they heard the sheriff's station greeting. But deputies said they were “overwhelmed” with calls:
Many emergency calls were received between the hang-ups and music internship questions in the two hours following 5:23PM. Delays in providing help included a missing person, a spousal assault, two robberies and a stolen car.
These needless phone calls interfered with the ability of sheriff's desk personnel to answer the business line phones and 9-1-1 calls, and for dispatchers to send help to people who really needed it. We don't know how many people needed help but couldn't get through the overwhelmed phone lines.
The question now is, is The Game in trouble? Sheriff's officials say they've sent the facts of the case to the District Attorney's office for its consideration, noting that harassing phone calls, obstructing police, and impeding police communication are crimes.