Violence erupts at US hip-hop concert
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
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.