Official: Paparazzi pursuit of Justin Bieber 'tragedy waiting to happen'
July 10th, 2012
02:48 AM ET

Official: Paparazzi pursuit of Justin Bieber 'tragedy waiting to happen'

The paparazzi pursuit of Justin Bieber along Los Angeles freeways is a "tragedy waiting to happen," a Los Angeles city councilman warned.

Dennis Zine, who has sponsored tougher punishment for photographers who break the law while staking celebrities, witnessed an example Friday of why the practice is so dangerous.

"I expected to see a crash," said Zine, a 33-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and still a reserve officer. "The danger is of someone getting killed."

Bieber's Fisker Karma - a $100,000 electric sports car - looked like a silver bullet as it zoomed past Zine at 100 mph on U.S. 101 Friday morning, he said. "He was coming up behind me, making abrupt lane changes, not giving signals, cutting off cars."

Four or five other cars followed close behind, apparently carrying photographers stalking Bieber, he said. "They were close by, at a rapid speed, all of them."

"It's like a miracle that nothing happened," Zine said. "It was mere luck that no one got involved in a collision."

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  1. drap

    How do I get off the cnn marquee blog... .?

    July 10, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    As I stated earlier about this incident: why does the paparazzi break laws & get away w/it, when the rest of us can't!? Journalistic freedom & freedom of the press should not trump unsafe practices that can cost lives & destruction of property! Bieber was chased by 4-5 paparazzi, but only he was cited!? Wrong! The easier it get's for paparazzi to break the law, the more risks they're willing to take & more accident's are waiting to happen! Also, if I had a camera stuck in my face 24/7, so close I could touch it & no plea to remove it or step back was complied with, I could charge that person w/stalking, but paparazzi don't have to comply w/any reasonable request from a C-leb! There has to be rules in any civilized society & I think it's time the paparazzi had theirs! They've been given too much freedom & are abusing it! Time to revoke their"get outta jail free" card!!

    July 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      Agreed. The pap are an evil force. Outhey should be charged with stalking.

      July 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You're right...what are they waiting for, another Princess Diana-type accident?

      July 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |

    "Tradegy waiting to happen?" The real tragedy is the fact that people have to put up with this gender confused girl.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Heck I thought Selena was rushing himmer to hospital to have their first child.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jonathan

    So now that a photographer was killed and Justin is partially to blame for these high speed chases, I want to know what action is being taken against him for all this crazy speeding and driving?

    January 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |