Nearly 100 people arrested at street party
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (CNN) – A street party turned into a violent commotion that injured six police officers in a California beach community.
According to CNN, about 15,000 people crowed the streets of Isla Vista for the annual “Deltopia” celebration when “a major disturbance broke out.”
In a press release from Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, they stated the violence began when a police officer was “hit in the head with a backpack that contained large bottles of alcohol.”
The large ground threw rocks, bricks, and bottles at the police officers who were arresting the person suspected of hitting the officer in the head.
A “major disturbance, emergency situation” was declared and officers used chemical agents and deployed less lethal foam projectiles to clear out the crowd.
Six police officers and more than two dozen people were treated at hospitals for their injuries.
According to authorities, stop signs were torn down, small fires ignited and property damaged, including several police vehicles.
Close to 100 people were arrested during the disturbance.