PACIFIC BEACH: A melee broke out on the beach yesterday afternoon as people started throwing plastic bottles and cans at police officers who were called to break up a large fight.
Sixteen people were arrested on charges of being drunk in public and fighting, said San Diego police Assistant Chief David Ramirez.
He said lifeguards called police about 5:15 p.m. reporting a fight in a group of several hundred on the beach near Reed Street and Ocean Boulevard. Officers went into a crowd of about 500 where a large group was fighting, he said.
People in the crowd threw plastic drink bottles and cans at officers as they made arrests and drew back from the group, Ramirez said.
Now to the rescue...San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer:
SAN DIEGO – The rowdy drunks might have finally spoiled the party for everyone else.
Revisiting the site of Monday's melee at Pacific Beach, San Diego Councilman Kevin Faulconer yesterday vowed to introduce a proposal to ban drinking at all San Diego beaches.
“Yesterday's incident was an embarrassment and a disgrace,” Faulconer said of the massive brawl involving scores of fighters in a crowd of hundreds near Reed Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. It took dozens of police officers with riot shields to break it up; they were pelted with beer cans and water bottles.
“Never again should we have to have police in riot gear walking down the beaches,” Faulconer said yesterday, flanked by dozens of cheering proponents of a beach alcohol ban. “We can no longer tolerate what happened here.”
But I'm not sure if a ban on booze is the right idea.
I have a better one. Can we just ban the morons?