Some of the skateboarders who had lined up to see skate film Bake And Destroy ended up throwing rocks and bottles at police tonight in what will probably become known as the Hollywood Skater Riot of 2012.
So far no injuries or arrests were reported. But on a busy night, with cops working crowd control along the space shuttle Endeavour's South L.A. journey, police had to rush to the Hollywood unrest: The entire LAPD West Bureau was put on tactical alert, Det. Gus Villanueva told the Weekly.
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... about 8:40 p.m. at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street when a officers on patrol noticed the crowd of as many as 500 skaters and called for backup, Villanueva said.
Those extra cops were met with rocks and bottles, he said. Police shut down Hollywood and Vine and formed skirmish lines to control the crowds.
Fox 11 News reported that only about 50 stragglers remained as officers moved in to disperse trouble-makers.
The film was screening at the Vine Theater.
[Added at 10:58 p.m.]: Reaction, sometimes NSFW, on Twitter:
Bake And Destroy was proof skateboarders run da world
— Sky Lexington (@KlvnLexington) October 14, 2012
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I heard no one got into Bake And Destroy because dumbass people rioted. #FuckingUp
— Mario Flores(@RandomSailor_) October 14, 2012
The new Baker video premier for Bake N Destroy just started a riot on Hollywood BLVD
— ᎥᏏῆ (@OldYungin) October 14, 2012
[Update at 3:22 p.m. Monday]: Despite reports elsewhere that one person was arrested for allegedly failing to disperse, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told the Weekly today that absolutely no one had been arrested.