Sixth Street Bridge closed again as new Los Angeles landmark continues to see unruly behavior

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The Sixth Street Bridge was closed for the second straight night Saturday after reports of street takeovers and scuffles, police say.

Police told ABC7 the bridge closed after 8 p.m. after officers received numerous reports of burnout with vehicles, groups of cyclists in the area and accidents.

The latest incident that closed the bridge involved a group of more than 250 cyclists, police said.

Police said the group was at the 2700 block of Olympic Boulevard where they fought and set off fireworks. The group then headed for the bridge and continued, police said.

It is not known how many incidents were reported in total on Saturday.

It is also unclear whether police have made any arrests.

As of 11 p.m., the bridge will likely remain closed overnight, police say, depending on crowds and activity in the area throughout the night.

According to a tweet posted by Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, officers responded to a number of street grabs Friday night. In two instances, he said people pointed green lasers at officers.

No officers were injured, according to Moore.

Several people were seen being escorted off the bridge late Friday evening.

The bridge, which has been used in more ways than expected since it opened, reopened at midnight.

Recently, video captured a barber giving someone a haircut in the middle of the bridge between oncoming two-way traffic lanes.

Since the bridge opened, it has been marred by several street takeovers and other dangerous vehicle stunts.

Some people were even seen climbing the arches that line the bridge, prompting the LAPD to step up patrols.

Residents like Lorenzo Ruiz, who drives through the neighborhood every morning, hope things will calm down soon.

“It’s just the fact that people come from other cities here and do what they do,” he said. “If they come, come respect our bridge. This is Boyle Heights.”

Others believe that the behavior of some visitors on the bridge is not reflective of the people of Los Angeles.

“I think it’s a few people doing really bad things and hurting everyone else that they have to shut down at night,” resident Karen Fry said.

Several people who visited the bridge on Saturday couldn’t help but notice skid marks on the streets.

“There are always a few bad apples in there that spoil the rest of the people,” resident Sergio Pacheco said.

The Sixth Street Bridge connects Boyle Heights and the downtown Arts District.

Police said they were monitoring the area closely and noted that if officers saw any further illegal stunts, they intended to close the bridge again. Officers are also on hand to issue citations and seize vehicles.

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