Posted by Detective Mark Jamieson
Just after midnight this morning a group began to assemble for a “flash mob” at the corner of 12th and Madison. This was during the annual Pride Festival Weekend, so there were a lot of people out on the streets and a number of officers assigned to the event. The group grew to about 40 people and then about 15 minutes later broke up, with most wandering north on 12th Avenue. Shortly thereafter, the group reassembled on 13th Avenue and began marching westbound on East Pine Street towards 12th. Once on 12th Avenue, the group continued north, walking in the street, and then east on Olive, toward Cal Anderson Park. At approximately 12:40 am, there were reports of members of the group lighting off fireworks.
The group continued on to Broadway, still taking over the street. Officers were now seeing members of the group knocking over road signs and dragging garbage cans into the street. At about 12:45 am officers attempted to contact and detain an unidentified white female who was in the process of dragging a trash can into the street, but she eluded officers and ran back into the crowd. The group then continued onto East Pike Street, walking eastbound, where they were met by a line of officers at 10th Avenue and East Pike Street. The group stopped and began to dance and bang on drums. Several in the group took the opportunity to yell at the officers. Several in the crowd then began to place bandanas over their faces and officers overheard some in the group discuss breaking windows.