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Jul 11, 17

San Francisco IGD: Clashes Erupt as Police Fire Projectiles on Hundreds of Skateboarders

Cover Photo from Mark Rabine

Clashes broke out after 8 PM in San Francisco, California, as hundreds of young skateboarders gathered at Dolores Park in the working-class Mission District. Corporate mainstream media reported that skaters were riding their boards up and down the street and congregating in large numbers to participate in a series of races, which drew a large police presence. This set in motion a large larger standoff. People posting on social media at the park reported that hundreds of skaters started chanting, “Fuck the Police.” The tension escalated when one police officer stuck his arm out, causing one skateboarder to fall to the ground and crash, sending him to the hospital. You can see the police officer hit the skater in the below clip:

As tension built, skaters are reported to have broken out the windows of two SF police cars, and police report that they “took projectiles.” In response, police opened fire on the crowd with so-called “less lethal” rubber bullets, as youths gathered to support their friend who was injured. Mainstream media predictably encouraged youth and locals to avoid the area for fear that the scene will evolve into a larger rebellion.

Update at 9:22 PM: Paramedics finally arrive to take injured skateboarder away in ambulance.

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Heavy shit. #sanfrancisco#skateboarding#photography#dolorespark#juanate

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Hill bomb contest was HECTIC!!!

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Shit was CRAZY out here at the hill bomb derby. Some cop clipped a skater into a car and people flipped the switch!! Tryna grab people at people and shit

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Fuck the police ! Homeboys in trouble #dolorespark #fuckthepolice #sanfrancisco #skateboard

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#dolorespark #skaters #city #skateboarding #skateboard #skate #sports #thrasher #thrashermag

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Multiplying #dolores #bombthehill #doloreshill #skateboarding #riot

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