New Jersey police use tear gas in clash with fans at hip-hop concert

The annual Hot 97 Summer Jam concert was headlined by Kendrick Lamar

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Photo: Pooneh Ghana/NME
New Jersey state police clashed with fans at a hip-hop concert on Sunday night (June 7).

The annual Hot 97 Summer Jam concert at the MetLife Stadium was headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, Big Sean and Chris Brown.

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Bottles were thrown at police as fans crowded to get inside the venue. Not all the fans had tickets for the event. Police later used tear gas in an attempt to disperse them. Fans were upset further as the venue gates were closed and blocked off by police in riot gear. A police vehicle blasted a piercing noise to try and reduce the crowding, the Associated Press reports.

The clash began when fans tried to enter the sell-out show by climbing over fences and forcing themselves past event security. Videos and photos posted to social media show fights between fans, police in riot gear and large military-style vehicles used to try and disperse the crowds.

Janae Griffin, who drove up from Baltimore for the concert but was not able to get inside, said the parking lots outside were chaotic. "People were throwing bottles across the crowd," she said. "We got into a confrontation with a guy who was deliberately trying to vandalise a police car and was just making it worse of a situation than it needed to be."

A statement issued by Emmis New York, which owns Hot 97, said "A small number of people created an unsafe environment." They also promised refunds would be issued for ticket holders who did not have their tickets scanned.

Kendrick Lamar recently invited a fan onstage to rap 'mAAd city' during his headlining spot at Sweetlife Festival in Maryland. "I say she killed that shit," said Kendrick after the performance. Watch the video here.
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