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Rapper's Tweet Incites Telephone Flash Mob, Overloads LA Sheriff's Station With Calls

Rapper's Tweet Incites Telephone Flash Mob, Overloads LA Sheriff's Station With Calls

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times has posted this timeline of the rapper's tweets.

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

Capt. Mike Parker told the Los Angeles Times that the rapper, also known as Charles Louboutin, 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.

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

"This was beyond irresponsible," Parker said. "The deputies' ability to answer the phones and dispatch personnel to help these people in danger was significantly impeded."

He said he did not know how many people were unable to get legitimate calls through to the station. Extra deputies were brought in to handle the call volume.

Parker said he sent a tweet of his own to the rapper telling him to stop and to take down the original post because it was compromising public safety.

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

"Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job !!!! #iSpeak4ThePeople," he wrote.

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

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