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Electric Daisy Carnival premiere: LAPD sets up 'mobile jail' to handle crowd

July 27, 2011 | 10:08 pm

Los Angeles police set up a "mobile field jail" in Hollywood on Wednesday night to help corral an unruly crowd that crashed the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, a documentary about one of the nation's largest electronic music festival.

As the event got out of hand, large crowds spilled into the street around Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, with some people throwing bottles at police. Witnesses said others were dancing on a police car, taunting police and “planking” -- lying down in the street. Fights among people in the crowd also broke out sporadically. Police in riot gear shut down streets around the theater, while dozens of police cruisers responded to the disturbance.

Photos: Disturbance outside the Hollywood film premiere

Multiple people were detained on suspicion of throwing objects and failure to disperse. Police said they used force in multiple instances to tame the  crowd, including firing nonlethal bean bags.

“I knew it was going to get out of hand when they started taunting the police,” said Adam Bloch, 20, who works in a building across from the theater. “They were asking for it.”

There were no reports of injuries or property damage.


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Photo: Scene in Hollywood on Wednesday night. Credit Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles