Three people were arrested Sunday in San Jose after bottles were thrown from a crowd of 40 to 50 people, including Norteno criminal street gang members, at police officers in a city park, police said.
Officers from the San Jose Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit responded at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday to Capitol Park at 800 Peter Pan Ave. to assist patrol officers investigating gang graffiti inside the park’s bathrooms, police Sgt. Heather Randol said.
When gang officers got to the park, they observed from 40 to 50 people, many of whom were Norteno gang members, drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in the park, Randol said.
The crowd became agitated in reaction to the police response and started to throw bottles at the gang unit officers, police said.
The department’s Metro unit, made up of officers trained to respond to gang-related crimes, arrived with other patrol officers to assist the gang suppression officers with controlling the crowd, according to Randol.
Three people were arrested on suspicion of inciting to riot and assault with a deadly weapon, police said.
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