Approximately 500 people gathered on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles for a free premiere of the skateboard film "Bake and Destroy" were involved in a fight with police on the night of October 13. The Washington Post reports that the fans had gathered for the premiere at the Vine Theatre and were allegedly blocking Hollywood Boulevard, causing officers to try and control the group.
Sgt. Raul Jovel of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) stated that several people in the group threw rocks and bottles at officers during the clash. Because of the escalating situation, the police issued a tactical alert, bringing in officers in riot gear who quickly brought back order to the situation. By the end, two cars were damaged, the glass doors of the Vine Theater had been shattered, and at least one person was arrested for failure to disperse. The second screening of the film was cancelled due to the incident.
Under California Penal Code Section 409, failure to disperse can be charged against anyone "remaining present at the place of any riot, rout, or unlawful assembly, after the same has been lawfully warned to disperse, except public officers and persons assisting them in attempting to disperse the same."
Often, those who are charged in connection to a riot may face multiple criminal allegations, such as resisting an officer or disturbing the peace. Penal Code Section 415 states that a defendant is disturbing the peace when he or she unlawfully fights or challenges a person to fight in a public place, uses a loud and unreasonable noise to willfully disturb another, or uses offensive words in public to provoke a violent reaction.
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