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20 arrested on Hollywood Boulevard on Halloween night

November 1, 2011 |  7:44 am

West Hollywood Halloween

This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.

Los Angeles police reported that 20 people were arrested on Hollywood Boulevard on Halloween night, mostly for fighting and being drunk in public.

The number of arrests was down from 32 in 2010, police said

Sixteen horse-mounted officers were on Hollywood Boulevard to keep order Monday night.

In one incident, a man refused to get out of the street, police told City News Service. He allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at a dismounting officer. Police said the officer was not seriously hurt and the man, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested for assault.

The night was quieter in West Hollywood, where the city shut down Santa Monica Boulevard to hold its annual Halloween street festival.

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies made two arrests, down from eight last year, said Sgt. Jim Farrell.

“It seemed like there was more people this year, which was surprising for us,” Farrell said. “It all seemed very well-behaved. People were out there to have a good time and it was just that.”

[For the record, 11:21 a.m. Nov. 1: An earlier version of this post stated incorrectly that police had arrested 39 people in connection with Halloween festivities on Hollywood Boulevard. The actual number was 20 -- 19 for misdemeanor charges and one for a felony.]


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Photo: Revelers take part in the annual Halloween street festival in West Hollywood, where authorities described the crowd as "well-behaved." Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times