Lockdown parties in Hollywood Hills are 'out of control', LAPD says

Lockdown parties in Hollywood Hills are ‘out of control’: LAPD says rental homes are being turned into clubs and threaten to arrest owners for loud music, screams at 3am and public urination

  • LAPD posted a video to Twitter on Tuesday warning homeowners of the rules 
  • They say the house owners face arrest under nuisance party laws in the state 
  • Gatherings are prohibited during the pandemic under stay-at-home orders
  • LAPD say they have been receiving complaints about parties violating orders
  • On May 16 police were called to a large house party in the Hollywood Hills where more than 100 people gathered at a short-term-rental property

Lockdown house parties in the Hollywood Hills are ‘out of control’, police in Los Angeles warned Tuesday. 

In a video posted to Twitter LAPD say rental homes in the area are being turned into makeshift clubs during restrictions on gatherings in the state.

They say the house owners face arrest for loud music, screams at 3am and public urination under nuisance party laws, writing: ‘With bars & clubs closed due to COVID 19, we have seen an increase in calls for loud house parties in the Hollywood Hills.’  

Gatherings are prohibited during the pandemic under stay-at-home orders issued by both Los Angeles County and the state. But despite those rules, LAPD say they have been receiving complaints about parties that violate the orders. 

In a joint statement with the city attorney’s office, police called the parties ‘completely unacceptable’. 

One officer says: ‘A major concern for the Los Angeles Police Department is when a party creates a disturbance for the neighborhood.’

Los Angeles County accounts for around 60 per cent of California’s roughly 3,800 deaths 

Lockdown house parties in the Hollywood Hills are ‘out of control’, LAPD say 

In a video posted to Twitter LAPD say rental homes in the area are being turned into makeshift clubs during restrictions on gatherings in the state

The officer notes public intoxication, screams at 3am and public urination are ‘problems we are seeing in the Hills’. 

Prosecutor Ethan Weaver notes: ‘If police are called to a location of a party, there will be consequences.

‘Those consequences do just apply to the person throwing the party, but they can also apply to you, the homeowner. 

‘If your house has been cited for party-house violations in the past, you as a property own can be held responsible, even if you are not present.’

Prosecution could mean six-month prison sentence. 

Earlier this month a large house party in the Hollywood Hills ended when a man accidentally shot himself in the groin, police said. 

Officers responding to noise complaints May 16 found more than 100 people gathered at a short-term-rental property that appeared to have been reserved for the occasion, said police Lt. Mark Chong.

The officers heard a single gunshot and called for backup, Chong said. An investigation revealed that a man had been shot in his groin area. The wound is believed to have been accidentally self-inflicted and not life-threatening, Chong said.

The man was taken to a hospital and the party was broken up, the Los Angeles Times reported. The incident is under investigation.

The state on Monday cleared the way for in-store shopping to resume statewide with social distancing restrictions, although counties get to decide whether to permit it. 

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