Riot At Odd Future’s Boston In-Store

By Amrit Singh / May 13, 2011

A cop was hospitalized after a riot at Boston’s Newbury Comics connected to rap artist Tyler, The Creator, and if you are reporting this news for local TV make sure to nod your head incredulously when saying the artist’s name, as if you have never heard such a silly name. The less sensationalistic rendition of the facts we can glean from these two local news reports embedded below is that Tyler had an in-store at Newbury Comics, for which fans had to get wristbands in advance to keep crowd numbers under control. But “hundreds” more wristband-less youths showed up to the in-store, overwhelming Newbury Street’s business, prompting cops to shut down the street and treat it as a riot situation. A couple of Odd Future kids started running around on rooftops allegedly yelling anti-cop stuff and riling kids up, then OFWGKTA were taken to a back exit when a cop slipped and hurt his back (the hospital says his injuries are not serious, and he has been released). A juvenile was arrested for disorderly conduct, also.

Two reports of the “riot” situation below, the first with reporter Ted Daniel’s “Tyler, The Creator” incredulity.


Near-riot breaks out at Odd Future signing; officer injured: MyFoxBOSTON.com

Another look:

(first clip via The Fader)