In San Francisco, Calif., a controversial collision between a skateboarder and a police car sparked a clash between 400 skateboarders and police Tuesday evening that sent multiple people to the hospital for treatment.
As SFGate reports, police responded to citizens’ complaints about an informal skateboarding competition clogging the street, setting off an hour-long, destructive standoff:
“An informal skateboarding competition turned disruptive and confrontational Tuesday night at Dolores Park in San Francisco when police rushed in to break up the show and a crowd of nearly 400 faced off with them.”
“The tension lasted for more than an hour as skaters shouted and threw objects at the cops, one officer was injured and two police cruisers were damaged.”
While no arrests were reported, conflicting accounts of who instigated the clash have caused controversy, especially in light of a video that has appeared on social media:
“Some skaters said the first wipeout occurred when a police officer tried to stop one of the competitors as he rolled down the hill.”
Police say the collision happened by accident as they were merely trying to keep the street safe for the public:
"Police Officer Robert Rueca said the cop and the skater actually just collided. The officer was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Rueca said. The skateboarder in the collision, a man, and a female skateboarder who wiped out later, were also taken to a hospital, Rueca said."