Skateboarders clash with police during informal San Francisco competition

  • Skateboarders clash with police during informal San Francisco competition

Skateboarders clash with police during informal San Francisco competition

Skateboarders and police have clashed in the United States city of San Francisco during an informal "hill bombing" competition, reports say.

Videos posted to social media shortly before 8 p.m. show a confrontation between police and skateboarders at the park, located at 19th and Dolores Streets. "It's unlawful to prevent medical personnel from responding to the scene, it's unlawful to travel down the street in the wrong direction of traffic", said San Francisco Police Officer Grace Gatpandan. While SF Gate was told by Police Officer Robert Rueca that "the cop and the skater actually just collided", video evidence shows that there is room to debate that claim.

The event turned uglier after a skateboarder on a high-speed downhill run collided with an officer as he skated toward a gap in police cars.

Reports on the number of people injured vary, with the Chron reporting that two skateboarders - a man and a woman - as well as the police officer involved in the collision with the skateboarder were hurt at the scene.

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

Other videos showed skateboarders riding down the Dolores Street hill. Witnesses called police complaining of skateboarders grabbing onto cars for a lift up the hill.

Officials say hundreds of people were watching a group of skateboarders when the event somehow turned violent.

The rally started at 7:11 p.m., police said. Although there were no arrests, the clash came up at tonight's police commission meeting.

Rueca said police made several announcements asking the crowd to disperse, and tried to take a defensive line to contain it and protect both the skateboarders and vehicles and pedestrians in the area.

Gatpadan added: 'The officers were just trying to keep them safe when this all happened. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the skater was taken to a hospital.