Riot Police Shoot Tear Gas to Disperse Hip Hop Concert Crowd


New Jersey State police officers in riot gear showed up outside the Hot 97 Summer Jam concert Sunday evening to disperse a crowd of protesters who had formed after the major hip hop concert sold out that afternoon.

The concert at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J., is one of the largest of the year (with big names like Kendrick Lamar and Chris Brown headlining). According to the Asbury Park Press, concert officials shut the gates to the venue around 7 p.m. after an altercation occurred outside. With the stadium locked from the inside, protesters outside began toppling metal barriers and confronting police.

“After concertgoers began throwing bottles in response,” the Press reported, “police then took up a defensive V-shaped position in front of the stadium gates as a barrage of bottles pelted the officers. An armored State Police vehicle came into the middle of the crowd and activated a piercing alarm to try to disrupt the crowd of about 1,000 people.”

The organizers of Summer Jam released a statement:

Due to strong demand for tickets for Summer Jam 2015, the show sold out early this evening.

When fans realized tickets were not available at the box office, a small number of people created an unsafe environment, and for the safety of all guests, the New Jersey State Police were on scene to disperse the crowd. The gates were closed at that time. No further entry was permitted into the event.

For ticket holders whose tickets were not scanned, refunds will be offered at the point of purchase.

Some videos of the scene:

It is unclear how many arrests were made. Despite the disturbances outside MetLife, the concert went on as planned.

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