A Lincoln car event was shut down Saturday night, along with a large stretch of O street, after spectators turned into rioters. Officer Angela Sands says The Lincoln Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, University Police and The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office were holding a traffic enforcement detail on O St. in anticipation for the cruise event, but says the real trouble began just before 11 P.M Saturday, when an officer hailed a vehicle for driving erratically and pulled over in the parking lot of the O St. Hy-Vee. Sands says anywhere from 100 to 200 spectators were gathered at the parking lot to watch the event, and were not taking the police presence well.
” The crowd began throwing bottles and rocks at the officer,” Sands said, ” Additional officers arrived to assist, and they were also struck with bottles and rocks.”
Officer Sands says no one was injured in the incident, but a police cruiser was damaged and bystanders, both in cars and on foot ,were pegged by the thrown objects. As things escalted and the crowd, comprised mostly of young men, grew more aggressive it was decided by police to shut down 48th and O for about 45 minutes.
An L.P.D investigation into the riot is ongoing.