At around 11:30 p.m. on October 6, a man was hit by a car at the intersection of Valley View Street and Artesia Boulevard in Buena Park, California. That was just one of three takeovers to hit Orange County that night. Police also responded to similar anarchic, illegal events in Anaheim and Costa Mesa.
It is not known if the person seen in the video, who was pounded by a drifting Mercedes Benz, was taken to the hospital. Individuals injured in takeovers — but not in the critical case — rarely report the incidents to law enforcement for fear of exposure.
Man hit by car in Orange County highway takeover
At the intersection of South Sunkist Street and Cerritos Avenue in Anaheim, participants used fire accelerants to create a circle of fire, with some standing and others driving around.
On October 2, another man was plowed into the intersection of Main and Harrison Streets in San Francisco by a car demonstrating donuts.
A witness tells KRON4: “Someone gets hit, falls over and then you see this car come back, run over their foot, they lose their shoe, their cell phone breaks. This kid is lagging behind and it’s just scary.”
These potentially deadly sidelines are called “street takeovers.”
A street takeover involves a semi-coordinated swarming of a particular intersection by motorists and bystanders. Once area traffic is illegally restricted, licensed drivers perform dangerous stunts while bystanders either watch or tempt fate in the improvised stunt stunt area, where donuts are usually performed.
Hundreds of spectators often flock to takeovers, with some hampering efforts by police and first responders to restore order.
The Los Angeles Police Department described the pedestrian element at these events as a “flash mob” where “a large public gathering in which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse” is coordinated via social media. KTLA reported that “rendezvous points” on social media be announced in advance to ensure a sizable crowd.
LAPD chief Michel Moore specified In addition to motivating participants to “attract attention and get clicks or likes” on social media, the appeal of takeovers lies in the fact that proponents can “monetize”. [their videos] by attracting crowds.”
The LAPD noted that flash mobs often “go from fun impromptu events to opportunistic criminal events.”
In one of the many fatal takeover incidents, a teenager was gunned down 15th of August in the middle of a so-called street race.
In August, a person armed with a machete confronted elements of a takeover near Haster Street and Orangewood Avenue in Anaheim. The police eventually dispersed the crowd.
A 60-year-old man was shot during a street takeover in south Los Angeles on September 18.
LAPD Chief Moore last month said that the police are “working aggressively every day” to crack down on these “reckless acts.” In spite of With at least 457 cars seized, over 500 arrests and over 674 subpoenas issued this year, the problem remains.
Moore urged state lawmakers to “increase penalties.”
Moore told the Police Commission on Sept. 13 that he recommended to Los Angeles Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti that the city implement a 30-day impoundment of the vehicles involved in the takeovers with no waiver, driver’s license suspension, nullification of points in DMV records and other penalties.
On September 19, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the a bipartisan bill Ban street takeovers.
California Republican Rep. Vince Fong, who co-authored the bill, said, “Across California there are countless stories every week about illegal street racing and dangerous sideshows closing roads, causing accidents, damaging neighborhoods and endangering lives.”
There were over 705 street takeovers in Los Angeles that year.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/footage-captures-moment-a-man-gets-slammed-by-car-during-another-anarchical-takeover-in-democrat-run-california Footage shows the moment a man is hit by a car during another anarchic “street takeover” in Democrat-led California