Sheriff: Rapper incited phone flash mob on Twitter

August 13, 2011
FILE - Rapper The Game appears on stage during MTV's "Total Request Live" show at the MTV Times Square Studios, in this Nov. 13, 2006 file photo taken in New York. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has opened a criminal investigation Friday Aug. 12, 2011 after the rapper tweeted the number for the sheriff's Compton station, prompting hundreds of calls and overwhelming the emergency phone system. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County sheriff's department says The Game incited a telephone flash mob that overwhelmed the emergency phone system.

Capt. Mike Parker tells the Los Angeles Times ( that the rapper tweeted the number of the Compton station Friday and told his 580,000 followers that if they wanted an internship with him, they should call the number.

Sheriff's Lt. Suzan Young says "the phones started ringing like crazy" around 5:20 p.m. Parker says phone lines were jammed for more than two hours.

The rapper later posted that his account was hacked but also tweeted that it was "an accident."

The Game could face criminal charges. Parker says investigators are planning to forward a criminal complaint to the district attorney's office.


Information from: The Los Angeles Times,