Dozens of people attending a skateboarding movie premiere clashed with police Saturday night in West 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 describe police in riot gear flanking the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine and walking toward the crowd.
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 indicate a crowd of moviegoers had congregated in the area, but many dispersed when riot police arrived.
A Fox11 helicopter reporter tweeted “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.”
The LAPD said a tactical alert had been issued for the area. This post will be updated as the story develops. A view of the scene can be seen below, via NBC4.
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