San Francisco Skateboarder Slams Into Cop Car

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media captionA skateboarder is seen hitting a police car after a collision with an officer

After police arrived, witnesses said an officer intentionally leaned in to clip a speeding skateboarder with his shoulder, sparking anger among onlookers.

Two skateboarders, along with the police sergeant, were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The confrontation began shortly after 7 p.m., when police were called to Dolores Park to render aid to an injured skateboarder, said San Francisco Police Officer Grace Gatpandan.

Police are searching for an unknown 18-year-old who allegedly vandalized a squad auto and are asking the public to avoid the area as they manage the scene. But, a police spokesman says it is hard to tell from the video.

According to NBC, the melee continued for at least an hour, as "skaters shouted and threw objects such as bottles". "Another person said a skater had "shoulder-checked" an officer, pushing him into the patrol vehicle".

Two other skateboarders, a man and a female, also wiped out during the competition and were taken to the hospital, authorities said. It's not clear if Tuesday's event was a repeat performance.

Skateboarders had gathered in Dolores Park for an informal skateboarding competition dubbed "hill-bombing". One nearby resident heard what was happening but didn't want to go outside.

The standoff shut down Dolores Street between 18th and 20th streets until around 9 p.m.

The skaters were not happy with the police intervention with one 22-year-old saying: 'They were doing their job.

"It got very very serious very fast".



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