Pa. police break up DJ parking lot party of 250 people, many without masks
Two men were arrested at the scene, including one who refused to leave and put his hands on officers
PHILADELPHIA — It took Philadelphia police nearly an hour to break up a group of 200 people that gathered in Brewerytown Monday night.
Investigators said the crowd of mostly young people was listening to a DJ at 28th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue when they received a call about a fight around 9 p.m.
Police said more and more people had showed up after word began to spread on social media.
Police were able to move and disperse the crowd. However, investigators said two men were arrested.
In one case, they said a man refused to leave and ended up putting his hands on officers.
The other arrest involved a man who got into a car accident.
"A vehicle leaving the area also got involved in a minor auto accident. Police stopped that vehicle and they recovered a gun from that vehicle," said Philadelphia Police Chief Investigator Scott Small.
Philadelphia remains in the red phase of Governor Tom Wolf's reopening plan which prohibits large gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19. By the end of next week, the governor expects to move the Southeastern Pennsylvania into the yellow phase when gatherings up to 25 people will be allowed.
It took police nearly an hour to break up this crowd where a DJ was playing.— Corey Davis (@CoreyDavis6abc) May 26, 2020
*Philly is still under a stay-at-home order where large gatherings aren’t allowed, and only essential services are operating.
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