Skateboarders, Police Clash at Hollywood Premiere

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An unknown number of people attending a skateboarding movie premiere clashed with police Saturday night in Hollywood near the Vine Theater.

Several people identified by local media as skateboarders threw bottles at police officers, according to a report from NBC4. Twitter feeds from people on the scene described police in riot gear flanking the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine and walking toward the crowd.

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According to the website of skateboarding company Bakerboys Distribution, their film Bake and Destroy was slated to premiere at the Vine Theater Saturday night. Reports from the scene indicated a crowd of several hundred had congregated in the area, but many dispersed when police arrived.

A Fox11 helicopter reporter tweeted shortly before 10:15 p.m. “Hollywood LAPD Metro showed up and everybody ran. They didn't even start pushing them yet.” Earlier he estimated about 300 people were at the intersection.

An hour earlier, a woman attending the premiere tweeted “There's a full blown riot with police in riot gear at Hollywood and Ivar.” A man reported "People were cool but then around 830 people were hitting each other with beer cans, throwing cigs at pedestrians & starting fights." According to his tweets, police showed up and several people threw beer cans at their cars.

The confrontation started at about 9 p.m. The LAPD said a tactical alert was been issued for the area. A shopkeeper said they were advised to stay inside with locked doors until the situation was resolved. 

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