LAPD Will No Longer Provide Info To Media On Celeb 'Swatting' Pranks (CBS Los Angeles)
Sunday April 14th, 2013
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday that they will no longer offer immediate information to the media on bogus 911 calls that target celebrity homes.
“We think that whoever is doing this is motivated by watching the police on TV and watching the helicopters come in, and we don’t want to allow that opportunity,” said Cmdr. Andrew Smith.
Smith said the department will also stop broadcasting the “swatting” calls so news organizations can’t hear the location of the star’s home. The media will now have to file a public records request, which can take 10 days.