The Huntington Beach riot that erupted after a surf competition has seen a firefighter arrested for participating. According to NBC News on July 31, a Fullerton firefighter was one of the suspects from the riot police arrested this week.
Police arrested Michael John Lytle, 30, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and the Fullerton fire department put him on administrative leave. The Fullerton Fire Chief said that this is a tough situation because firefighters are supposed to hold themselves to a higher standard.
According to reports, another arrest was also made when 19-year-old Chase Scott Christman was videotaped smashing a bike shop with a stop sign and trying to steal bikes during the Huntington Beach riot. The girl who videotaped the event said her boyfriend tried to stop him but was sucker punched. Luckily, people defended the store.
When photos was placed on Facebook by the Huntington Beach police, people stepped forward and identified Christman. The charges against him include a felony count of vandalism, a misdemeanor of inciting a riot, and a misdemeanor of refusing to disperse.
The Huntington Beach riot started with a fight in a crowd, which grew into the full scale riot with people rampaging down the streets, destroying vehicles and storefronts. Eight people were arrested during the riot itself.