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The Orange Dome
Lawsuits In The Aftermath Of Punk Riot Reach Courts
Posted: April 21, 2008
SAN BERNADINO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- Two lawsuits which devolved from a riot which took place at the National Orange Show Events Center during a punk rock show in 2006, have finally reached the courtroom, the San Bernardino Sun has reported.

One suit, brought by a Corona man and his girlfriend is seeking compensation for the injuries sustained in the melee. Aamoco insurance has also filed suit, seeking damages greater than $25,000 on behalf of three businesses they were underwriting at the time of the riot.

A third lawsuit filed by the former general manager of the Events Center, alleging racial discrimination and unlawful termination has been delayed by due to a possible conflict of interest as the judge presiding over the case has business ties with members of the Events Center board of directors.

The incident, referred to as the San Bernardina punk riot, occurred during the British Invasion 2k6 punk rock festival and was sparked by a reportedly violent confrontation between some skinheads and police who had been called to the scene in relation to a stabbing that had occurred outside of the venue. In an attempt to disperse the unruly crowd, police deployed tear gas both outside of the venue and inside, where fans were were reportedly unaware of events transpiring outside. Angered, festival attendees went on a rampage, damaging cars and local businesses and lighting several fires before they could be dispersed. - CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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