Near-riot in Hollywood: LAPD to review video footage
Los Angeles police said they plan to scour the Internet for videos that have surfaced showing the melee that erupted in Hollywood this week after an unexpected crowd converged at the film premiere of the "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience."
Some videos show footage of people jumping on police cars and throwing objects, actions that could result in criminal prosecutions, officials said.
Police did the same thing after the mayhem that followed the Lakers' victory in the 2010 NBA Finals.
Although Wednesday's ruckus forced the closure of Hollywood Boulevard for several hours, only three people were arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism in connection with damage to the windshields and roofs of three police cruisers.
The screening for the movie, which documented one of the nation's largest electronic dance parties, had been a private, invitation-only event promoted for weeks. But a popular DJ known as Kaskade may have inadvertently encouraged hundreds of uninvited fans to converge on Hollywood when he tweeted about a block party.
"What he tried to pull off at the Chinese Theatre was a marvelous stunt that went terribly wrong," said Michael Duddie, general manager of Supperclub Los Angeles, which invited the DJ to perform at an after-party but did not organize his actions in connection with the film. "I don't think he knows the gravity of his popularity."
Kaskade had tricked out a flatbed truck with his equipment -- and had planned to roll up, play two songs and head into the premiere, Los Angeles fire officials said. The event was permitted by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which planned a 30-minute lane closure of Hollywood Boulevard "with amplified music on the back of a flatbed truck," according to the permit.
But when hundreds of people showed up, the plan was aborted before he arrived at the theater.
-- Andrew Blankstein