Rap artist The Game pulled a Twitter prank Friday by posting the Compton sheriff’s station phone number, encouraging his 580,000 followers to call the department if they wanted to apply for an internship. The station was bombarded with hundreds of phone calls for hours, and is now working on an official complaint it will file with prosecutors. Potential charges are “annoying or harassing phone calls via electronic device or the Internet whether or not a conversation ensues, delaying or obstructing a peace officer in the performance of their duties, and disrupting or impeding communication over a public safety radio frequency.”
The number was that of the department’s official help line, and the deluge allegedly made it difficult for officers to keep pace with genuine calls.
The L.A. Times reports a headquarters bureau captain to complain that the incessant ringing “was almost like a symphony of misery.” The Game took his tweet down by request before midnight after “a lengthy delay.” Showing little remorse, he followed up with tweets that flaunted his prank, such as “Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job.”