Golden Gate Park pot party relatively peaceful despite massive brawl caught on video 

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Police described the annual “4/20” gathering in Golden Gate Park last weekend as relatively peaceful, despite a video widely circulated online showing a massive brawl at the event.

The event drew between 10,000 and 15,000 attendees to the area surrounding Hippie Hill, significantly larger than in previous years, according to Recreation and Park Department estimates.

During the event, officers made eight arrests for drug sales and six for public intoxication, and they doled out 30 citations for open alcohol containers, Park Police Station Capt. Greg Corrales said. Three people were carted away for involuntary psychiatric holds, he added.

“We don’t have any reports of injuries,” Corrales said.

Police also have yet to receive a report from a citizen regarding a large fight that was captured on video by several revelers. The video shows fists flying, bodies dropping and a guitar being used as a weapon, but apparently the ordeal ended without any serious injuries.

 “If there was only one fight in that mob in that heat, things are pretty good,” Corrales said. 

A past problem with the event had been crime on Haight Street, particularly as the park pot party wound down, but Corrales said this year there were far fewer incidents on the thoroughfare. 

However, that might not appease folks who had to deal with the massive mess left behind. The City spends about $10,000 and four days’ worth of cleanup after the event, according to Rec and Park. On Sunday, 25 city workers joined volunteers who were part of weekend Earth Day celebrations to gather trash for eight hours. 

Supervisor Scott Wiener railed against the “trashing” in a Facebook post, saying, “We’re developing a culture of complete disrespect for these public spaces.”

Weiner was not only referring to Golden Gate Park but also Dolores Park in the Mission district.

“How can we get people to be more respectful and to pick up after themselves, just like mom taught us to do when we were 3 years old?” he said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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