By Edwin Folven, 7/28/2011
Thousands Show Up for Premiere of Film About Raves
Three people were arrested on July 27 after a large crowd gathered on Hollywood Boulevard outside the premiere of a documentary at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater about a popular rave known as the “Electric Daisy Carnival”.
According to Sgt. Chuck Slater, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division, authorities got a call around 5:40 p.m. from a Department of Transportation traffic enforcement officer who reported that he needed assistance with an altercation outside the theatre. Slater said responding officers found a large crowd beginning to gather and spilling over into the street. By 6:30 p.m., the crowd had grown to include thousands of people. Police personnel from surrounding divisions were called in to help control the crowd, which was starting to become unruly, according to Slater.
“As more people showed up, the incident became larger and larger, and people started going into the street,” Slater said. “We closed down the street and ordered the crowd to disperse. There were three arrests made, and the incident lasted a couple of hours, but eventually people dispersed.”
The Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was holding a private premiere screening of “The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience”, a documentary about the controversial raves that were previously held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The raves attracted tens of thousands of people, and were cancelled last year after a 15-year-old girl attending the event overdosed on drugs and later died.
The movie premiere had reportedly been publicized for weeks and was an invitation-only event. Police believe the large crowds began to gather after one of the Electric Daisy Carnival’s performers, a DJ known as Kaskade, tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he was going to the theatre for a block party. Kaskade, whose real name is Ryan Raddon, has 90,000 followers on Twitter, according to reports.
“I think about ten percent of them showed up,” Slater added. “We formed containment lines and began the process of trying to control the crowd.”
Kaskade allegedly attended the premiere, but did not perform, and there was never any block party scheduled.
Slater said some members of the crowd threw bottles at officers, and others jumped on top of police cars. The crowd largely dispersed by 9 p.m. One person was arrested for battery on a police officer, while another was arrested for felony vandalism and a third was taken into custody for failure to disperse. One of the people arrested was a juvenile, Slater said. Police will be submitting the cases to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Slater said police would also be reviewing the incident to determine whether there will be any other charges filed. John Franklin, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, would not comment on whether any charges were being considered against the promoters of the show, or anyone else involved, until police submit their reports.