Video shows man making it rain during illegal street takeover

Dozens of people were seen in video running into an intersection just outside of Compton during an illegal highway takeover on Sunday night, narrowly dodging cars spinning across the tarmac.

The video, originally reported by KTLA-TV Channel 5, showed a person standing on the roof of a black pickup truck parked in the middle of the intersection and throwing cash in the air, causing viewers to gasp to rush the money. Several cars burned donuts in the crowd in West Rancho Dominguez.

The sideshow on East Compton Boulevard and South San Pedro Street was part of five to 10 separate takeovers that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies were responding to Sunday night in and around Compton, Lt. Oscar Butao. It was probably the same group of 200 to 300 people hopping from intersection to intersection hosting the shows, he said.

A separate video from another sideshow in the Harvard Park neighborhood showed images of a minor accident.

According to Butao, no arrests were made and no injuries were reported during the sideshows.

Butao said the Compton sheriff’s station was closed Thursday through Sunday, a typical weekend for deputies who can’t do more than show up, chase the crowds away and occasionally cite or arrest a driver, largely due to limited resources on sideline calls responds available to respond to such incidents.

Sideshows emerged in the 1980s and 1990s in Oakland and the East Bay Area as part of the hip hop wave and became a common social space for the region’s Black, Latino, and Asian youth. It was common for people driving souped-up cars to acrobatically burn donuts into the sidewalk and do ghost drives or dance on or near a slow-moving, driverless car.

However, the shows were quickly criticized by local officials, who, concerned about safety and fighting or drug trafficking at the events, contacted law enforcement to crack down on the gatherings.

In recent decades, acquisitions have spread to Southern California, where south and southeast Los Angeles cities and neighborhoods like Compton have become a hub. Safety continued to be a major concern for Compton city leaders, as well as residents whose loved ones were killed in sideshows. However, authorities have struggled to limit the sideshows, which despite arrests have not slowed their incidence.

“We’re not going to get our way out of here by making arrests,” LAPD chief Michel Moore said at a police commission meeting earlier this year. “Despite the hundreds of seizures, subpoenas and arrests, we’re still seeing the spread of this.”

A separate money-shower incident in LA’s recent memory that sparked controversy involved rapper Blueface, who showed up on Skid Row, also standing on top of a car and throwing cash at homeless people. The video of the performance went viral on social media. Although the “Thotiana” actor was intended as an act of charity amid the city’s housing and homelessness crisis, he received backlash as many described the stunt as humiliating and demeaning.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-03/street-takeovers-sideshows-cash-thrown-los-angeles Video shows man making it rain during illegal street takeover

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