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Police Clear Beach After 70-Man Brawl Breaks Out

Police Clear Beach After 70-Man Brawl Breaks Out

Los Angeles Times via YellowBrix

May 31, 2010

VENICE BEACH, CA – A giant brawl involving as many as 70 young men broke out on the Venice Beach Boardwalk on Sunday evening, prompting the Los Angeles Police Department to briefly declare a citywide tactical alert.

Capt. Jon Peters, commanding officer of the LAPD’s Pacific Division, said the fight erupted just before 8 p.m. on the boardwalk near 17th and Windward avenues. The fight moved north, breaking up and then starting again near that section of the beach.

Police officers, already heavily deployed to the area because of expected large crowds, flooded in on bikes, motorcycles and helicopters to break it up.

By 9 p.m. it was over, with no serious injuries reported and no weapons confiscated. About 20 people had been detained and one person was arrested, police said.

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Hythum Kiswani, the owner of Santino’s sandwich shop near Windward Avenue, saw the fight. “It was a bunch of kids,” he said, guessing their ages at between 14 and 17 years old. “In a split second, it was mayhem.”

Kiswani said that police arrived seconds later and that he counted 17 squad cars and eight motorcycle officers within minutes.

Peters said he did not know what had sparked the fight but police were investigating the incident as potentially gang-related.

The tactical alert, which means police officers must stay on duty and brace for action, was rescinded a short time later.

Police continued to roam the boardwalk, using loudspeakers to urge beachgoers off the sand. A second fight broke out after police tried to break up a drum circle.

Peters said it’s been 10 to 12 years since a brawl forced police to clear the beach and go block by block to disperse the crowd. He added that the LAPD will be out in force Monday.

Peters said the reason there was only one arrest was simple: “When you have a big fight like that, and the police come, everybody runs off.”


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    rsironron

    about 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Good job getting this stopped and I'm glad no officers were hurt.

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    Irishcop1961

    about 4 years ago

    50920 Comments

    Glad no officers were hurt.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Talk about a good response! That could have been so much worse than it was.

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    s3sk

    about 4 years ago

    3308 Comments

    I agree, glad no officers were hurt.

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    mack77

    about 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    Fun in the Sun!

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    Texlawman

    about 4 years ago

    650 Comments

    Animals, cant take them anywhere, cause they can't behave! This is just the start of summer, just wait till it really gets hot!

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    glad no one was seriously injured

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    JP503

    about 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    Good job, glad no officers were hurt.

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    wildsoldier

    about 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    kick butt and take names love it...

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    BklynsFinest347

    about 4 years ago

    2016 Comments

    Call in an air strike!!

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Were are the cameras? It's good to have a record especially when its the same instigators are starting trouble where ever they go.

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    uncledennis1

    about 4 years ago

    23314 Comments

    Get Rodney King involved and he can tell them "Can't we just get along" What a mess.

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    Perl

    about 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    May have been handled differently if LASD responded to assist, ie. Isla Vista LOL Good job guys.
    ~Wf

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    Mrbdguard

    about 4 years ago

    4612 Comments

    "everybody runs off" seems to fit

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