Vi­o­lence erupts at US hip-hop con­cert

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Riot po­lice were hastily called in and of­fi­cers used mace when a ma­jor hip-hop con­cert in New Jer­sey erupted into vi­o­lence on Sun­day, U.S. me­dia and au­thor­i­ties said.

Trou­ble flared and ar­rests were made at Sum­mer Jam at MetLife Sta­dium when crowds with­out tick­ets at­tempted to storm the venue, po­lice said.

Video and pho­tos posted on Twit­ter showed po­lice us­ing shields to pro­tect them­selves as they were pelted with ob­jects and sev­eral ter­ri­fied con­cert- go­ers could be seen flee­ing from the chaotic scene.

Po­lice used mace to at­tempt to con­trol the ag­i­tated crowd, CNN re­ported.

Ken­drick La­mar and Brown were among the per­form­ing at the con­cert.

“This evening, se­cu­rity per­son­nel at one of the en­trance gates to Chris artists MetLife Sta­dium were con­fronted by crowds at­tempt­ing to il­le­gally en­ter the sold-out Sum­mer Jam con­cert by climb­ing over fences and forc­ing their way through se­cu­rity per­son­nel,” New Jer­sey State Po­lice said on Face­book.

“The gates have been shut and troop­ers on site have called for as­sis­tance from sev­eral nearby sta­tions to help main­tain or­der.”

Or­ga­niz­ers said the trou­ble started when peo­ple who wanted to get in were told tick­ets were sold out and “a small num­ber of peo­ple cre­ated an un­safe en­vi­ron­ment.”

Gates were closed and no fur­ther en­try was al­lowed, they said in a state­ment.

But that did noth­ing to pla­cate one an­gry fan, who replied on the con­cert’s of­fi­cial web­site: “They’re ly­ing!!!! Hun­dreds of peo­ple WITH tick­ets couldn’t get in!!!! Cops threw tear gas at the crowd. I want my money back!!!!! worst bday EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

AP

State Po­lice re­spond to dis­tur­bances out­side the MetLife Sta­dium where Sum­mer Jam Hot 97 con­cert was held in East Ruther­ford, New Jer­sey, Sun­day, June 7. Crowds on Sun­day night be­came up­set when the gates were closed and blocked off by po­lice in riot gear, the As­bury Park Press re­ported.

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