Monday, July 29, 2013

Riot breaks out after SoCal surfing competition

A violent mob raged through the streets of Huntington Beach, Cal. after a surfing competition Sunday night — clashing with police, toppling portable toilets, brawling in the streets and apparently vandalizing and looting at least one business, according to police and witnesses.

The mob erupted among a crowd of thousands gathered for the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, which includes surfing, skateboarding and BMX biking events.

The melee was sparked after a couple of brahs allegedly got into a fistfight in the downtown Main Street area.  

Police in riot gear made eight arrests on suspicion of failure to disperse, according to a Huntington Beach Police Department statement.

People in the mob strapped bandanas across their faces and threw rocks and bottles at police officers. Police reportedly fired back with pepper balls.

A video posted to Facebook showed a mob throwing a stop sign through a store window and making off with merchandise, including a bicycle. Police eventually got things under control.

When asked to describe the wild scene, most of the witnesses said, "They were like ...whoaaa ..."


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