Riot_at_Graumans_072711.jpgWhat was supposed to be a premiere of documentary and concert by a popular DJ turned into a small-scale riot Wednesday (July 27) outside the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Thousands of fans flocked to see the DJ Kaskade after he announced to his 90,000 Twitter followers an impromptu block party to coincide with the premiere of the “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience,” a film about the electronic dance and music festival.

The crowd quickly swelled out of control and news crews captured video of fights breaking out and others throwing bottles. It took nearly 200 police officers six hours to end the disturbance, at some points firing beanbags into the crowd. By that time, the damage had already been done, including at least one police cruiser suffering a smashed windshield.

Three people were arrested, including one for assaulting a police officer.

As a precautionary measure, LA Metro temporarily closed the subway stop at Hollywood and Highland, just a few hundred yards from the theater.

According to LAPD Public Information Officer Rosario Herrera, charges have not yet been filed but police detectives are conducting a full investigation. Additionally she said the LAPD will determine who, if anyone, will be held responsible for damages as well as the fees associated with staffing the officers to contain the disturbance.

Following the events, Kaskade, whose real name is Ryan Raddon, issues a statement saying, “I’m incredibly disappointed that last night ended the way it did. It’s
unfortunate that a few disrespectful people turned what was supposed to
be a celebration of music into a regrettable event. This is not what EDM
is about.”

Below is some raw footage of the fracas.

Posted by:David Eckstein