July 22, 2022 NR22208jl
The Los Angeles Police Department would like to remind the community that we are committed to ensuring public safety along the 6th Street Bridge. Due to a series of unlawful incidents over the past few days, we had to intermittently shut down our cities newest historic landmark. The following incidents demonstrate the hard-work our officers are doing along the 6th Street Bridge to maintain public order.
July 22, 2022, around 10:00 p.m.
The bridge was closed due to public safety hazards.
July 23, 2022, around 12:50 p.m.
Approximately 15 moped/street bike riders were conducting wheelies on the bridge, as an exhibition of speed. LAPD Hollenbeck units immediately responded to prevent a ‘takeover.’ A closure was not required.
July 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m. – July 24, 2022 2:00 a.m.
The bridge was closed on both sides due to unruly crowds and vehicle ‘takeovers.’
July 23, 2022, 11:10 p.m.
In addition to the unruly crowds and vehicle ‘takeovers,’ LAPD Hollenbeck patrol officers recovered 2 handguns from suspects who drove to the area to visit the bridge.
July 24, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
A large group of trucks unexpectedly showed up to the bridge. They were impeding traffic and appeared to be setting up for a street takeover. The bridge was closed for vehicles, but pedestrians and bicycles were allowed.
July 24, 2022, 11:55 p.m.
Bureau of Street Services arrived to begin application of traffic control devices along the center of the bridge. The bridge was closed so that workers could perform their duties.
July 26, 2022, 10:30 p.m.
A large group of bicyclists had gathered on the bridge when a suspect shined a laser pointer into an officer’s eye. The suspect then fled the area. The officer received medical treatment at a local hospital and was later released. The group of cyclists continued to block traffic and perform stunts and the decision was made to implement a closure. The bridge remained closed until 0400 hours.
Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to addressing all illegal activity associated with the 6th Street Viaduct. Operations Central Bureau has directed the Central and Hollenbeck Areas to work in conjunction with Central Traffic Division’s Street Racing Task Force to address all illegal activity occurring on the 6th Street Bridge. Enforcement actions will result in citations being issued to Street Racing violators as well as spectators contributing to the street take overs. Any information garnered from these incidents may result in the judicial seizures of vehicles engaged in street racing with a 30 day hold.
The Department is also consulting with the Department of Transportation to explore any engineering that can be placed on the bridge to prevent the activity occurring during these street takeovers.
Additionally, “No Stopping Anytime” signs are clearly posted on the bridge and need to be adhered to avoid citation issuance and/or vehicle impounds. Please keep traffic moving at all times and be safe. Parking with view/filming location is available at the southwest corner of Boyle Avenue and Whittier Boulevard.