A night that should have been dedicated to hard working athletes and the success of the US Open of Surfing tragically took a turn for the worst last night, after a small group of ‘hopefully will all be in jail soon’ youth became violent requiring riot police to shut down Main Street and surrounding areas in Huntington Beach from around 7:30 – 9:30 pm. The event’s management worked day and night with the HBPD to clear the area of danger and criminal behavior.
13 people were reported injured, including 5 Huntington Beach police officers. 8 suspects have been arrested thus far, as authorities hunt for more information.
Watch the video as a violent crowd attempts to turn over a city vehicle on Main Street:
As the crowd was disbanding from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach last night, an unruly crowd of idiots started a scene on Main Street. Things escalated quickly as brawling erupted leading to trashing property, looting a bicycle shop and terrorizing the police.
Huntington Beach Police Department requested assistance from neighboring police departments. Riot police were called, who used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
The Huntington Beach Police Department issued this statement:
“Officers encountered a large crowd at Main and Pacific Coast Highway. The crowd had gathered at the conclusion of the Van’s US Open of Surfing, an 8 day surf and skate event. A large fight broke out and when officers attempted to break up the disturbance the crowd moved into the downtown area. The crowds began fighting, damaging property and refused to disperse. HBPD requested mutual aid from other agencies to help disperse the crowd. The area was declared an unlawful assembly and officers have moved in to deal with the crowd and make arrests. The police now have control of the downtown area and the disturbance quelled.”
Police were able to control the crowd by approximately 9:30 p.m. in the evening. Eight arrests have been reported to date for crimes including disturbing the peace, unlawful assembly and inciting a riot. Investigators plan to review video of the event leading to potential arrests in the future.
The U.S. Open of Surfing released a statement on their website:
“We’re extremely disappointed and saddened by the disturbance. We work tirelessly with city staff, police, fire and other agencies to ensure a safe environment for all.”