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Cops Used Tear Gas on Fans at a Memorial for XXXTentacion
Though his life was largely shadowed in controversy, fans of XXXTentacion—the rapper who was shot and killed in Florida on Monday—have been grieving on the internet and at vigils across the country this week.
One memorial in Los Angeles on Tuesday erupted in chaos as police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, the L.A. Times reports:
At its peak, the event drew up to 1,000 people to Melrose and Spaulding avenues, where many blocked traffic in the roadway, said Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im. Dozens in the middle of the crowd formed a mosh pit, jumping up and down. Standing on rooftops, others pumped their fists into the air as a television news helicopter hovered above. At least one person climbed on top of a news van and jumped on the windshield. At one point, a convertible drove past the crowd. When it stopped in the roadway, people swarmed the car on both sides.
The Times reports that fans were climbing onto rooftops and swarming cars as police ordered them to leave. “Police officers in tactical gear formed a line along a crosswalk and were authorized to use tear gas to disperse the crowd,” according to the Times.
The crowd had dispersed by 10:15 p.m. and no one was injured.