A MESSAGE REGARDING THE UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLIES LAST WEEKEND
This past weekend, we saw first-hand social media’s power to organize large groups of people with astonishing speed. An event advertised on TikTok as “Adrian’s Kickback” had over 180 million views and resulted in large crowds at Huntington Beach. At times, those crowds grew unlawful and disruptive, requiring a strong response by the police and the arrest of nearly 180 people.
I stand with the entire Huntington Beach community in expressing our overwhelming support and appreciation for the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD). Through the leadership of Interim Chief of Police Julian Harvey, our law enforcement team managed a quickly evolving situation with precision. During three days, there was not a single significant injury, violent crime or burglary reported to the police, and we saw only minimal property damage. Simply put, our police officers performed admirably and kept our community safe.
Furthermore, we recognize that every incident presents a prime opportunity to review and fine tune our response. Over the next several days, we are taking a deep dive into evaluating this past weekend’s events and responding to our businesses’ and residents’ concerns. We plan to apply the insights we gather, as we prepare for a busy and successful summer.
As we emerge from this pandemic, we will see additional visitors, and we welcome them with open arms. Our Police Department has the tenure and expertise to manage large crowds, premier events, and provide for the safety and security our residents and visitors expect from a world-class city like Huntington Beach.
I am proud to serve as Mayor of this great community, and our City Council has worked hard to authorize additional resources that will support the work of our police officers:
Public safety is our number one priority, and the City Council is committed to supporting our police officers, firefighters, and lifeguards to create the safest and most enjoyable experience in Huntington Beach. I welcome your feedback, because we are a stronger community when we work together to create positive solutions. Email me at [email protected].
Mayor Kim Carr