Citizens Use Social Media to Help Police Find Alleged Surf City Rioters

Police have arrested several people in connection with the riots, and are asking the public's help to identify more

By Ron Rokhy
|  Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 12:38 PM PDT
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Huntington Beach police have arrested at least seven people on suspicion of involvement in a riot on Sunday, and are sifting through photos, videos and statements posted online to find more suspects. Many civilian members of the community are trying to help identify suspects. Kim Baldonado reports from Huntington Beach for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2013.

Kim Baldonado

Huntington Beach police have arrested at least seven people on suspicion of involvement in a riot on Sunday, and are sifting through photos, videos and statements posted online to find more suspects. Many civilian members of the community are trying to help identify suspects. Kim Baldonado reports from Huntington Beach for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2013.

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A riot broke out in Huntington Beach on Sunday and citizens took to social media to help police identify people involved in the disturbance.

Concerned citizens used Twitter and Facebook to send photos of rioters -- including a stop sign-wielding man -- to police, hoping they could be identified.

The angry crowd assembled out on the ninth and final day of the Vans U.S. Open of Surf. Members of the crowd vandalized property and businesses, clashed with police, overtuned portable toilets and brawled with one another on the streets.

As of Tuesday, police arrested at least seven people, including teenagers, in connection with the riot.

 

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