Unruly Crowd Setting Fires, Vandalizing Police Cars At Hollywood Movie Premiere
Police have been unable to control an unruly crowd of hundreds of people in Hollywood, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Karen Rayner said.
The crowd gathered at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for the premiere of a documentary on the Electric Daisy Carnival, an electronic music festival that’s notorious for how many attendees use recreational drugs. A party hosted by DJ Kaskade was scheduled to follow the film, Rayner said.
People reportedly refused to disperse and some began throwing bottles at officers. Police have proceeded to shoot at the crowds with bean bags.
The crowds have vandalized police cars and set fires, Rayner said.
Officials have closed Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange Avenue, Rayner says.
The Hollywood and Highland Metro Red Line station has been closed and Hollywood Boulevard buses are being detoured to Highland and La Brea avenues and Sunset Boulevard, Metro announced.
Insomniac Inc., the organizers of the movie screening, issued a statement saying they were “disappointed that a small group of people would try to mar a private documentary screening,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Supperclub LA, where a party was to be held after the screening asked “for the safety of our community, do not come to Supperclub tonight.”