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Hey Paps! There's a New Sheriff in Town

1/18/2008 4:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department tells TMZ they're not "cracking down" on paparazzi madness in West Hollywood, but if you're a pap and you cross the legal line -- BUSTED!!

Sheriff's spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ his department has received a flurry of complaints by residents, business owners and others who say the paparazzi have been going nuts chasing celebs and disrupting their lives.

Whitmore says the department has doubled down to enforce the law. Dare to speed -- you'll get a ticket. Drive recklessly -- ticket. Drive with tinted windows -- don't even think about it.

The open question: will celebs get caught in the Sheriff's net? They tend to roll with tint, if you know what we're sayin'.

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kara    

it's about time!

2413 days ago
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Jizy    

It's just a matter of time before they kill somebody, about time they do something.

2413 days ago
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Sassy    

I hope you're right---it's about time the legal system stepped in on this papparizzi gone wild world--paps are out of control and need to be realed in!!!

2413 days ago
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April Fouels    

cya, they are avoiding a lawsuit.

2413 days ago
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Mike    

Good!! These "paps" are getting way out of hand.

2413 days ago
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Sassy    

Just like TMZ to SPINN the story to try and take down celebs with tinted windows----who made TMZ the celeb police?

2413 days ago
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wow    

shouldnt they have been doing this all along? I may be mistaken... but isnt that their JOB.... hmm.. wonder what they have been doing all this time then... and why no crack down on the paps?? why do we wait until people get hurt to FINALLY decide to take further actions...

2413 days ago
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diablofeminina weho    

Finally! These paps are always putting people's lives in danger. I was walking somewhere, not even driving, the other day by Norm's on LaCienega and saw them make a left and cut off traffic to go South on LaCienega. They could have killed someone or caused a bad accident had the traffic not been paying attention. This is just one example of an arsenal of things I have witnessed.

2413 days ago
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just wondering    

...only when there is a death of a celeb being pursued by paps...will papps stalking laws be created....just a matter of time.

2413 days ago
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Ashley    

I hope he also arrests Brittney the next time she drives 80 mph or runs a red light (which she is filmed doing constantly). She is NOT above the law and she needs to stop getting special treatment. If you aren't going to enforce the law with EVERYONE then don't enforce it at all!

2413 days ago
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omg    

FINALLY IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!!!

2413 days ago
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Nejxn    

And while they are at it, why don't they ticket/arrest the celebs for speeding, driving recklessly, tinted windows, failure to stop at a stop sign, illegal u-turns, no tags, not wearing seatbelts, etc...??? Oh, I forgot. They are celebs and above the law. My bad.

2413 days ago
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Merry Christmas    

Another California joke. They will spend 2 minutes in jail with time off for good behavior. Spare me.

2413 days ago
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SPF150    

Hey so whats thath mean for you guys, TMZ?
I strongly believe celebs deserve tinted windows to protect their privacy.
Paps take the thrill out of the hunt by hounding celebs 24/7

2413 days ago
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PR    

Things really are getting a bit out of control with the paps. Some innocent bystander is bound to get hurt in all the insanity that goes on on the road and on the streets. And yes, if the police are cracking down, they had better include the celebrities as part of the crackdown cause they too are a menace on the road with their DUI skills.

2413 days ago
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