Huntington Beach riots caused major damage to public property and police officers themselves this week, requiring over 300 law officials to quell the rioters, UPI reported this Wednesday, July 31. Among those arrested in the riots was a California firefighter, Michael Lytle of Anaheim, who was accused of disturbing the peace.
The Huntington Beach riot has led to eight people so far arrested for participating in the dangerous riots that broke out at the U.S. Surf Open in western Huntington Beach this week. The local police chief, Kenneth Small, confirmed that 300 police officers were needed to help break up the many fights that had started and quell the rioters from continuing their rampage.
Among the property that was damaged included several police cars, Huntington Beach buildings, public property, and numerous vehicles.
“The officers, in my view, used an incredible amount of restraint in the way they responded to people who had absolutely no regard for their safety throwing very dangerous objects at us for absolutely no reason,” Small said.
Eight arrests have so far been made in the Huntington Beach riots, including charges of inciting a riot, unlawful assembly, and disturbing the peace. A majority of the arrests that were made were targeted toward relatively young people participating in the riots, between the ages of 19 and 28. Other charges included underage drinking, vandalism, destruction of public property, resisting arrest, and even assault with a deadly weapon toward a police officer.
Reports of teens attacking law officials with skateboards and pushing over port-o-potties to throwing stop signs through store windows have been made. Police are continuing to investigate the crimes, and it remains to be seen if any other arrests will be made.
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