THE RIOT OF 31 AUGUST 1986 AND MORE


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On 31 August 1986 the most reported news story was the crash of Aeromexico Flight 498 in Cerritos, California. The crash killed 67 on two aircraft and 15 on the ground. The crash took place between a single engine Piper aircraft and a McDonnell-Douglass DC-9. When this was happening at 11h 52m PDT in Cerritos, 19 miles to the south in Huntington Beach, California the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships were taking place. It was a big event in Orange County which even now is still Reagan country. Despite the conservative nature of Orange County, and the peaceful nature of the competition over the past 26 years, a riot took place.

Now you may ask what prompted this riot? Was it blacks gatecrashing the event causing a riot making it a racial event? No. Was it a union labor dispute between the event coordinator and lifeguards? No. Was it that surfers felt they were being oppressed by park police officers and Huntington Beach law enforcement. No.

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What caused the riot, where more than 90% of the crowd was white, was just what you see above. A woman with really big breasts. That’s right, a woman in a bikini contest had her top pulled off by drunken white trash and when police rushed to her aid the mob started pelting the cops with beer bottles and anything else they could find. By the time police thought they had restored order others had set police cars on fire and started burning the lifeguard station. The Los Angeles Times reported the story on 1 September 1986 thusly:

Hundreds of youths went on a rampage in Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon, pelting police officers with rocks and bottles, storming a large lifeguard station and overturning and burning police vehicles.

Police said at least 12 people were injured, including five Huntington Beach officers and one Orange County sheriff’s deputy. Thirteen people were arrested but scores of youths who threw bottles at officers or took part in the destruction escaped in the confusion.

The disturbance broke out about 2 p.m. behind bleachers being used for the final day of the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships, which drew a crowd estimated at 100,000 people.

Witnesses said the melee had no direct connection to the surfing contest but instead was triggered by two or more men behind the bleachers immediately south of the Huntington Beach Pier who were trying to take off the bathing suits of two young women.

Hundreds of youths went on a rampage in Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon, pelting police officers with rocks and bottles, storming a large lifeguard station and overturning and burning police vehicles.

Police said at least 12 people were injured, including five Huntington Beach officers and one Orange County sheriff’s deputy. Thirteen people were arrested but scores of youths who threw bottles at officers or took part in the destruction escaped in the confusion.

The disturbance broke out about 2 p.m. behind bleachers being used for the final day of the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships, which drew a crowd estimated at 100,000 people.

Witnesses said the melee had no direct connection to the surfing contest but instead was triggered by two or more men behind the bleachers immediately south of the Huntington Beach Pier who were trying to take off the bathing suits of two young women.

As night fell in Huntington Beach, helmeted officers from several jurisdictions continued to patrol the Pacific Coast Highway and nearby streets, clearing bystanders from the area. The city’s famous pier, which normally is jammed on Labor Day weekend evenings, was eerily deserted, with police cars sealing off the entrance. Pedestrians were allowed to walk in the Main Street area, but police quickly broke up any groups that formed. Parts of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway were littered with trash and broken glass that stemmed from the riot. As the trouble began Sunday afternoon, “I heard someone behind the bleachers yelling, ‘Take it off, take it off,’ ” said Mark Bauserman, 22, a student at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. Bauserman, who was taking photos at the event, said police came to the bleacher area to try to help the two young women.

“It started off with only about 50 people surrounding the police,” said Bauserman. “But more and more came, I don’t know how many, but it seemed that everybody on the beach stopped watching the surfing contest and came to watch what was going on with the police.”

Retreating under a barrage of rocks and bottles, officers took refuge in the two-story Vincent G. Moorhouse Lifeguard Headquarters, an administration and maintenance building about a half mile down the beach. Thousands of persons, many of them continuing to throw bottles at the police, followed.

The huge crowd surrounded the building and began jeering at the police and lifeguards inside, according to witnesses and officers. Some of the rioters then broke apart an aluminum fence railing and used parts of it to shatter windows in five police vehicles parked outside the lifeguard headquarters.

After breaking windows and headlights of the police cars, the rioters turned the vehicles over and set them on fire. An eyewitness said that some rioters found safety flares in the police cars and used those to start the fires.

As the cars were burning, the mob then began trying to enter the lifeguard building, police and witnesses said. The officers and lifeguards inside decided to evacuate, taking several injured people with them.

But the chief of lifeguards, Marine Safety Lt. Bill Richardson, 42, decided to remain in the building. “I was worried what would happen to the money and equipment inside,” he later told a reporter. “There was too much in this building just to give it up to them.”

Building Looted

The rioters outside the lifeguard building broke windows and gained entry to the downstairs garage and storage area. They carried off a number of bicycles, life-saving equipment and even private clothes of the lifeguards, police said.

Richardson, who was upstairs alone on the second floor of the building, armed himself with a 9-mm handgun and started walking down the stairs to face the looters. He said he fired one warning shot into the garage ceiling. “They (the looters) took off like it was the 100-yard dash,” Richardson said.

Okay this was nearly thirty years ago. Of course things have changed, right? Not so fast as my good friend Lee Corso would say. In 2013 the 54th edition of the U.S. Open of Surfing was held in Huntington Beach, California. Here is a press report from Los Angeles Times from 30 July 2013:

One of the suspects arrested in connection with looting and rioting in Huntington Beach has been identified as a Fullerton firefighter. Anaheim resident Michael John Lytle, 30, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in connection with the disturbance that broke out after the eight-day U.S. Open of Surfing ended Sunday. Gretchen Beatty, director of human resources for the city of Fullerton, confirmed that Lytle is a firefighter and has been placed on paid leave while “there is an investigation on the personnel side.” Beatty said the city of Huntington Beach will conduct the criminal investigation. She said Lytle was hired as a firefighter in February 2008, which was first reported by the Orange County Register.

Six other people were also arrested, including Huntington Beach resident Andres Gomez, 24, who was booked on suspicion of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest. Michael Anthony Avila, 28, of Santa Ana; Joseph Monterrosa, 28, of Ontario; Adam A. Cecot, 18, of Irvine; Chase Scott Christman, 19, of Simi Valley; and Kyle Roger Crott, 18, of Riverside were also booked on charges related to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Huntington Beach Police said there could be further arrests.

Authorities are still trying to identify a man videotaped smashing a store window with a stop sign and cheering.

Many people had misidentified that suspect on social media. Huntington Beach police said detectives had spoken to Illario Niko Johnson, 18, and although charges “are expected” against the West Covina resident in connection with the disturbance, his alleged actions were “not related to the window smash.”

“He is not the suspect in the photograph,” police said in a statement.

Sunday evening, unruly beachgoers tipped over portable restrooms, sending waste flowing onto the road. They also rocked a city of Huntington Beach pickup truck, and threw traffic cones and wooden planks pulled from barricades at the truck’s windows after failing to flip it.

Huntington Beach police fired pepper balls and nonlethal projectiles to quell the crowd. Several officers sustained minor injuries, and one person was treated and released from a hospital after being hit by a rubber projectile.

Chris Hayes of MSNBC and Gawker journalist Cord Jefferson were prompted by this rampage in 2013 to ask the question, will moderate white condemn this dangerous white culture? Take a look at a brilliant and scathing satire:

Good night, and good luck!

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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6 Responses to “THE RIOT OF 31 AUGUST 1986 AND MORE”

  1. Ahhh. Blame da yutes. Blame da yutes with white skin. Do not blame the culture these yutes were brought up in but blame the white skin.

    I notice those with spanish sounding names are not held in the same vein.

    It is culture not skin. You teach hate and entitlement in schools, this is what you get.

    • Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.] Says:

      So Tim what explains the rioting in the more conservative past?

  2. freddie, ur wasting ur time. racists be racists. oh yea, im lookin forward to visiting cuba ))

    • Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.] Says:

      I am so looking forward to getting to Havana again, even if it’s only for a short time.

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