Posted on May 3, 2023

Man Frustrated by Oakland Sideshow Gets Attacked by Crowd

Henry Lee, KTVU, May 1, 2023

A man frustrated by a sideshow in Oakland lunged at a car spinning donuts around him and was then attacked by the crowd in an incident that was captured on video.

The incident happened at 34th and Adeline streets on Sunday. Videos posted on social media show the man hitting a careening white car. Several people then go after him, kicking and punching him repeatedly, even as he’s on the ground. At one point, the man appears to go unconscious. {snip}

{snip} Oakland police said they were aware of the attack at one of numerous sideshows across the city on Sunday that led to one arrest, a gun recovered and two cars towed.

At the same sideshow at 34th and Adeline, a red Mustang slammed into a fire hydrant, sending water shooting into the air.

Nia Navarro, who’s visiting Oakland from out of state, sympathizes with the man who tried to stop the mayhem.


Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo, who has been trying to crack down on sideshows for years, agreed.

“{snip} Let the police officers respond to that,” Gallo said.

Another video shows an Oakland officer driving slowly through a sideshow of dirt bikes and ATVs at 42nd Avenue and International Boulevard in East Oakland. The officer takes off while being escorted by bikers seemingly taunting the officer.