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LAPD, hundreds of skateboarders clash on Hollywood Boulevard

October 14, 2012 |  5:39 am

LAPD on Alert After Skateboarders Riot in Hollywood

The Los Angeles Police Department went on modified tactical alert Saturday night after hundreds of skateborders blocked Hollywood Boulevard and threw rocks and bottles at police, officials said.

The clash was quickly defused after a tactical alert was declared and officers in riot gear arrived on the scene to restore order.

More than 400 skateboarders had gathered on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, apparently for some type of movie screening.

When police arrived about 8:40 p.m., some of the skateboarders began throwing rocks and bottles at officers, said LAPD Det. Gus Villanueva. The crowd was there to attend a skateboarding movie premiere at the Vine Theater, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

No injuries were reported. There was no immediate word on arrests. Throwing bottles and rocks can be charged as assault with a deadly weapon, Villanueva said.


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Photo: LAPD closed off Hollywood Boulevard. Credit: KTLA News