Skateboarders clash with San Fran police after rider bodychecked into squad car (VIDEO & PHOTOS)
The incident happened after police turned up at an event known as The Hill Bomb, an annual competition in which skaters race down a steep hill, reported Hoodline. Video of the event, which runs without a permit, shows a heavy police presence lining the route.
Following the clash between a skater and an officer, tension rose at the event, according to reports on Twitter and Instagram, with bottles thrown into the crowd and reports of police firing beanbags.
Dolores Park tuesdays - guy smashes police car window with a skateboard, police shooting beanbags pic.twitter.com/oIMbog9g2e— Lance Martin (@RLanceMartin) July 12, 2017
A tweet from police asked the public to avoid the area following the clashes.
Large police presence to Dolores Park due to injured officer & request for crowd control; #SFPD officers were taking projectiles from crowd.— Ofc. Grace Gatpandan (@OfficerGrace) July 12, 2017
An officer can be seen carrying a shotgun at the event in a video posted to Twitter by Joel Hamill. A voice can be heard saying “they are filming you,” seemingly warning the officer.
RT.com reached out to uploaders of content from the incident but have yet to receive a response.
One competitor at the event was filmed suffering a severe fall. He was seen unconscious, lying on the ground and in need of medical attention.