Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

SFPD Blocks Off Dolores Park After Standoff With Skateboarders

SFPD Blocks Off Dolores Park After Standoff With Skateboarders

Witnesses have accused the police officer who collided with the skateboarder of deliberately blocking his downhill run, causing him to be seriously injured, CBS San Francisco reports. Skateboarder collides with SFPD officer near Dolores ParkPolice say emergency crews couldn't get through to help him.

An officer was accused of shoving a moving skateboarder after footage posted online showed the man wiping out, then seemingly hitting a police auto.

Projectiles were thrown at police and two police cars vandalised during the angry confrontation, he said.

Two skateboarders and the police officer were taken to hospital, a police spokeswoman said.

Things turned ugly when officers in riot gear responded to a large gathering of skaters.

Mission Local described the event as one "which skaters ride down the hill at Dolores Street, and later partake in a race for a cash prize". One unfortunate soul skated right into the front of the vehicle after being blocked by a cop, who pulled a move reminiscent of Mike Tomlin's.

San Francisco police were warning the public to avoid the area of Dolores and 19th streets after multiple skateboarders traveling at high speeds down Dolores refused to comply with officers' attempts to shut down the rally, police said. "There's a lot of information out there that we need to look at", said San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott.

Police Chief Bill Scott updated the police commission Wednesday night.

That skateboarder also was treated for injuries, police said. One was transported to a hospital after a fall.

Gatpadan added: 'The officers were just trying to keep them safe when this all happened.

It appears as though a similar skateboarding event also took place this time previous year in San Francisco.

Videos posted online show skaters racing down Dolores Street with police standing by and even blocking traffic to facilitate. No arrests were made, Rueca said.

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