LA police to withhold info on celeb hoax calls
LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles police say they’ll no longer routinely issue news releases on hoax emergency calls targeting the homes of celebrities.
The LAPD announced Thursday that they’ll downplay incidents of “swatting” that in recent months have sent emergency responders to the homes of Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher.
Spokesman Christopher Ngo says the move is intended to deny the publicity that motivates the prank callers.
Police said the department will not immediately confirm the incidents for news organizations either. Media outlets will instead be required to file formal public records requests.
The term “swatting” comes from the pranksters’ desire to have heavily armed special weapons teams dispatched to their calls.
In December police arrested a 12-year-old boy suspected of placing swatting calls to many celebrity houses, including Kutcher’s.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94