Isla Vista block party turns into riot
April 7, 2014
An annual Isla Vista street party turned violent Saturday night, resulting in injuries to several officers and more than 100 arrests. [KSBY]
More than 15,000 people attended Deltopia Saturday, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. The annual event is a street party located on Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista. It morphed into its current form from an annual beach party that the sheriff’s office shut down five years ago.
Around 9:30 p.m., a reveler hit a UCSB police officer in the head with a backpack full of alcohol bottles. Members of the crowd then started throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at other officers in the area. Partiers also ripped stop signs out of the ground and set small fires.
Law enforcement agencies from across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties then responded with backup for the sheriff’s deputies. Officers used tear gas and other riot control measures to disperse the crowds.
Approximately 26 people ended up in the hospital as a result of the riot, and 18 were arrested. In total, law enforcement made more than 100 arrests during the daylong party, and 44 people went to the hospital.