If it was a riot, which is what the L.A. City Attorney's office is calling the events of July 27, it was the lamest one ever.
It was a rebellion without a cause: Ravers amassed at 6 p.m. to see a DJ who showed up playing atop a truck that quickly turned a corner and released the streets near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue to the glow-stick masses, who stayed and refused to leave until after 9 p.m.
After all that, you'd hate to be the one guy charged with anything:
And that lucky contestant would be Noel Stephen Buller, 21, who was charged “with one count of remaining at the scene of a riot,” according to an announcement today from City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan.
Unlucky for him — he's on probation for defrauding an Innkeeper in April. And, says the City Attorney's office, he's facing charges for alleged trespassing in May.
Lucky for him he only spent a few hours in jail and got his $5,000 bail covered that night.
But if he's convicted on this one Buller could see six months behind bars and a $1,000 fine. Given his record we'd guess that a judge isn't going to be too lenient if Buller is found guilty.
The City Attorney's office says he was “agitating others in the crowd.”
We watched the guy that night. We're not sure we'd call him an agitator, but he did appear to be a leader of this particular rebellion, standing in front of a crowd of Hollywood Boulevard street squaters as it faced off with riot cops.
He's the long-haired skater in Los Angeles Times photos from the scene. He stood atop his skateboard with arms out like Jesus as officers pleaded with the ravers to go home.
After Buller and two others (who have not been charged) were arrested, the crowd dispersed like meek followers.
When asked why he was so defiant, Buller told reporters, “The cause dude, peace.”
The ruckus kicked off after superstar DJ Kaskade tweeted that afternoon that he would be spinning during a free “block party” outside the premier of a promoter-produced documentary about its controversial Electric Daisy Carnival rave.
Kaskade showed up spinning atop a flatbed truck equipped with P.A. equipment. Ravers surrounded it and when the truck turned a corner they flooded the street, prompting a riot response by cops. Some in the crowd threw rocks and bottles at responding officers and a few people trashed a police car, busting a windshield and denting it. A few fights broke out.
While EDC's promoter, Insomniac Events, said it had nothing to do with the media stunt, we talked to a source who helped secure the permit for the screening who said a grand, music-filled entrance by Kaskade, a star of the documentary, had been planned.
LAPD Detectives are investigating the roots of the unrest.
Buller is due in court Aug. 18.