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Video: Police Try To Break Up Massive Venice Beach Drum Circle That Won't Stop Drumming, Man
Authorities arrested two people on Sunday night after hundreds refused to break up their weekly drum circle at Venice Beach Boardwalk.
About 400 to 500 people participated in the drum circle around 8:30 p.m. at Ocean Front Walk and Breeze Avenue, according to KTLA. LAPD officers told folks to disperse since the beach closes at sunset weekly drum circle is supposed to stop playing at sunset (possibly due to a noise ordinance), LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told LAist, but people refused to move, reported Venice 311, who also said this is the third week in a row the drum circle has had a confrontation with authorities.
In a video clip of the incident, crowds of people are gathering around while officers are standing in line on the beach. At times, the crowd chants in unison, "Fuck the police" and a couple of people throw bottles at the officers (which you can see at the 3:02 minute-mark in the video below).
LAPD's Lt. Marco Munoz told KTLA that an officer was hurt after a bottle was thrown at his leg and another bottle smashed through a patrol car at this normally "peaceful" drum circle.
Although everyone started to disperse after a while, two were arrested for "interfering." One allegedly rushed toward the police line and another would leave; however, they were later released.