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L.A. Angels OF Torii Hunter Encounters Gun-Drawn Police in His Own Home

TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 29:  Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels poses during spring training photo day on February 29, 2012 at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterApril 4, 2012

Torii Hunter was held at gunpoint by police officers, in his own home. 

Corona Del Mar Today reports police responded to an alarm at Hunter's residence. From there, they did their due diligence and found there was nothing to the alarm. Police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe confirmed this in an email, via Corona Del Mar Today:

Officers made contact with the resident at the location and cleared the call 'unfounded.'

That is one account, and one side of a story that will only become clearer in the next few days. What we do know is that Hunter was just as shocked to have the police in his home and not quite as distressed as he should be that they drew their guns on him. 

Hunter took to Twitter to give his followers a play-by-play of what was going down. 

It all starts with this tweet:

"My alarm went off in my house while I was in it. 20mins later I saw cops checking out the scene. Went outside and they drew there guns on me"

— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 2012

It then gets a little uncomfortable and not the least bit frustrating for fans with this tweet; thoughts of injustice abound:

"They didn't believe I lived here in Newport coast so they walked me upstairs at gunpoint to get my ID."

— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 2012

He then throws us all for a loop:

"When I showed him my ID, he said I'm an angel fan hope u guys have a great season. ARE U KIDDING ME!!!!!! Lol"

— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 2012

He then goes on to say that he is thankful the cops protected him and made reference that his alarm system works rather well. 

What?

You can judge from the comments in his Twitter feed that people were appalled at the fact that police would detain an innocent man in his own home and draw their guns on him. 

There was also the frustration of Hunter laughing this off. How could he not be appalled?

Well, that gets answered the more Hunter tweets:

"It was my fault that the alarm went off anyways. I just thought it was cool to let u guys know my awkward moment for today."

— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 5, 2012

Finally:

"The cops that were here today had there guns drawn but pointed downward in for safety. Those guys handled the situation like trained cops."

— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 5, 2012

Don't believe everything you hear, and only half of what you see. Twitter is an amazing tool that gives us instant access we could only dream of, but the thoughts of civil atrocities have been washed away as a superstar athlete tries to wave his hands and say, "I was only kidding."

In light of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, you could tell fans on Hunter's feed were ready to call out for an obvious moment of overzealous policing. 

In the end, Twitter is a tool to show glimpses, but not the entire picture. 

We are left to take Hunter on his word that the police were nothing but professional. 

 

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