June 8, 2015 10:00 am -


New Jersey State police threw tear gas at a crowd of concert-goers, upset that officials shut the gates to the Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

An armored State Police vehicle came into the middle of the crowd and activated a piercing alarm to try to disrupt the crowd of about 1,000 people.

“Apparently a fight happened inside, so they stopped letting people inside,” said Chris Figueroa of Long Island, who was in the middle of the crowd. “I never experienced anything like that — I thought somebody might’ve had a gun.”

…Several rounds of tear gas were released into the crowd, and one concertgoer was Maced pepper-sprayed in the parking lot.

Uniformed officers wearing helmets and gas masks and holding shields would briefly come out from behind the gates to make arrests before retreating.

The concert, which featured performers Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown and others, went on despite the disturbance in the parking lot.



D.B. Hirsch
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