Dozens of deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station were called to the 9000 block of Sunset Boulevard on Sunday night after a large crowd gathered outside The Roxy Theatre for a concert by the rapper, Yeat.
Lt. Bill Moulder said the crowd was estimated at approximately 1,000 people, many of whom did not have tickets to the concert and but showed up anyway. The staff at the Roxy called deputies around 9 p.m. when people began shoving and trying to forcibly enter the theater. Moulder said management cancelled the concert. Deputies arrived and, with the help of a helicopter, ordered the crowd to disperse.
Videos posted on social media showed members of the crowd climbing on street poles and loitering along Sunset Boulevard near the theater. Moulder said he had viewed the videos but had no further information about any criminal activity.
“The helicopter arrived and gave the dispersal order, and they did comply,” he said. “No arrests were made. We took the additional steps necessary to make sure we had the resources we needed, and people left the area.”
Moulder said the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has agreements in place with the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles police departments in which they share resources if extra officers are needed. That was not the case with the situation at The Roxy, he added.
Moulder added that Yeat left the theater when the concert was cancelled. He added that authorities work closely with the management of bars and nightclubs in the city, and there was no indication the concert on Feb. 20 would be problematic.
“We’re not exactly sure what happened here, but it appears to be one of those situations where they didn’t expect such as large crowd,” Moulder said. “We’ll be following up with [The Roxy Theatre] management to determine what exactly happened and how we can avoid it happening again. Fortunately, we were able to address it effectively.”
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