Police clashed with skaters at ‘hill bomb’ event in San Francisco

San Francisco Police clashed with participants and spectators at an unauthorized skateboarding event, leading to several arrests and injuries.

Events unfolding: The Dolores Hill Bomb, an unofficial and illegal skate event, attracted large crowds on Saturday.
* This event involves skateboarders racing down the steep streets near Mission Dolores Park at high speeds.
* A riot broke out when police attempted to disperse the crowds, causing numerous arrests (32 adults arrested and 81 minors cited), injuries, and damage to the surrounding area.

Criminals charges and injuries: Various charges, including inciting a riot, unlawful assembly, violence against an officer and resisting arrest, were leveled against attendees.
* Violence erupted when a police officer tried to arrest a 16-year-old boy who had spit in his face. A 15-year-old girl interfered, triggering the crowd, who attacked the officers with fireworks, smoke bombs, glass bottles and cans.
* One police officer had to be hospitalized after experiencing facial lacerations, and the boy was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Public disruption: The incident resulted in the surrounding area becoming unsafe with reports of small fires and gunshots, requiring police escorts for some residents.
* Several of the city’s light rail cars and buses were stranded and vandalized due to the surrounding crowds.

Contrasting perspectives: Despite this chaotic scene, some people are claiming that the police were the ones acting excessively.
* A group of protestors gathered outside the SFPD Mission Station demanding an investigation into the handling of the crackdown.
* The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club criticized the SFPD’s actions as “excessive” and “disproportionate,” arguing the importance of law enforcement prioritizing de-escalation tactics.

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