Riot police secure a perimeter after dispersing a violent mob.

Updated 11/2/10 at 1:30 p.m.

Mission Station Captain Greg Corrales said today that the Mission Street parties celebrating the Giants’ clinching the World Series title resulted in only a handful of arrests and one confirmed injury.

Police were out in force into the early morning, with most of Mission Station’s officers patrolling the streets, Corrales said. Reinforcements were brought in from almost every other station in the city.

As cars came to a standstill on Mission Street, mattresses and trash burned while revelers stood on cars and newspaper stands. Corrales said most who were arrested were throwing bottles, one of which hit one of his officers, causing a minor injury.

Two people were taken away in an ambulance after being dragged from their car by angry partiers at 21st and Mission streets, Corrales said. The car had allegedly plowed through a group of people gathered around a burning mattress, though the police have been unable to confirm what happened.

It is still unclear whether the car’s driver was deliberately trying to hit the revelers who took over the street last night, or if he panicked amid the mob.

Mission Loc@l reported earlier that members of the crowd said the car seemed to be trying to injure the revelers on the street.

“The car threw six people into the fire,” a witness who wished to remain anonymous told police at the scene.

Corrales said the incident was still under investigation when he left at 3 this morning.

The Mission was likely second only to the area surrounding the ballpark in terms of police activity, Corrales said. “But I don’t think they had as many confrontational people at the ballpark as we did.”

In anticipation of the street celebration, the department had barricades on standby to block the four-block area between 22nd Street, Valencia, 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, to prevent traffic from crossing. “The main message was, as long as there’s no violence, let the people celebrate.”

That didn’t last long. Around 10 p.m., a group of partiers took over and stood on a fire truck after it attempted to put out a fire at 22nd and Mission. Later, a crowd smashed the windows of the Wells Fargo at the same intersection.

After 11:30 p.m., about 60 officers in riot gear stood at Mission and 18th, declaring an unlawful assembly and attempting to disperse the crowd. “At that point, with fires being set, a fire truck in jeopardy, people throwing bottles, it was no longer tolerable,” said Corrales.

Mostly, the crowd dispersed without incident. “As we moved into the crowd, they retreated,” said Corrales. “We didn’t really have any violent confrontations.”

Small fires blazed all over the neighborhood. “Every time the fire department went out there, they asked for police backup,” said Corrales. At 24th and Shotwell, Corrales saw a crowd throwing bottles at firefighters who had arrived at the scene to put out a fire. “We had bottles thrown at us all night long, it comes with the territory of being a policeman…but throwing bottles at the firefighters, I couldn’t fathom that.”

Updated at 2 a.m.

An angry crowd assaulted at least two men after their car plowed through a group celebrating the Giants’ victory on Mission and 21st streets at around 11:15 p.m. The car hit several people in a crowd surrounding a burning mattress at the intersection.

“The car threw six people into the fire,” a witness who wished to remain anonymous told the police at the scene.

The driver tried to get away, but was stopped when a mob attacked the car, smashing its windows and slashing its tires.

“The crowd freaked out,” said Erin, a witness who did not want to disclose her last name.

“The [driver] was punched in the face,” said Davitus Morena, another witness. “He was fearing for his life.”

Police who were nearby monitoring the street celebrations rushed to the scene as the driver and another man in the car were being attacked.

At around 11:45 p.m., two Latino men who had been in the car were put into an ambulance. The car remained at the intersection as police in riot gear marched down Mission Street to disperse the crowds.

A man was put into an ambulance after being attacked by the crowd.

Witnesses at the scene did not know if the people who were hit by the car sustained any injuries.

Officers at the scene did not seem to know that the car had run into the crowd before the attack.

“Some mattresses were on fire initially. Then some gentlemen were mobbed and assaulted,” said an officer who did not want to give his name.

A man on his bike was almost hit by the car but jumped out of the way in time.

“The police didn’t even know that people got hit until a few minutes ago,” he said after giving his account to the officers. He believes the event may have been gang-related.

Several witnesses said they thought the driver had run into the crowd on purpose, but Moreno doubted the driver had any malicious intent.

As reported at 1 a.m.

Minutes after riot police finished clearing an area of Mission Street near 22nd, where a violent group of World Series celebrators shattered the windows of a nearby Wells Fargo bank, an angry mob down the street set a pile of debris on fire and began destroying a car that tried to drive through.

The streets had been closed off, but the car managed to get through blockades and onto Mission Street shortly after 11:15 p.m., only to be stopped by the mob convened at the corner of 21st.

The car was quickly surrounded, and people began jumping onto it, kicking it and smashing its windows.

A handful of individuals tried to stop the group when the car’s driver seemed to be in danger of physical harm, and ultimately riot police from down the street rushed to the scene to disperse the crowd.

Riot police secure a perimeter after dispersing a violent mob.

The scene that followed was much more subdued, as onlookers took pictures of firefighters putting out the debris fire while police officers tended to the driver of the vehicle.

Helicopters flying overhead reminded the revelers who remained that there was still partying — and perhaps more — happening elsewhere throughout town.

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  1. Don’t bend the facts. There was no violence on 21st and MIssion. We were dancing around the bonefire until this …… slammer through people and into the bonefire. He got what he deserved.

  2. I was there. Through the crowd doesn’t really convey it. This guy tried to drive OVER the crowd.

    1. We discussed the word this morning and felt the same, and have updated the post to reflect the change. Thanks for the comment, Brock.

  3. They’re misrepresenting the story… guy in the car drove through the crowd hurting 7 people. Of course the crowd retaliated!

  4. the driver of that car is a … idiot. he purposely drove into the crowd. i had to jump on the hood as it came at me. luckily he didn’t run me over.

  5. I was there. I was nearly hit by the car. As my friend pulled me out of the way, I turned to see it go by me, toward the fire, at about 10-15 mph, I’d guess. By then, about four or five people were hanging onto the car and beating it with bare fists. It came to a stop on the south side of the intersection (not sure why), where even more people surrounded it and beat up the car and some of the people in it. People looked like they were drug out of the car unwillingly.

    I saw this as I was walking away from the scene. Just knew it was going to get really bad really quickly. Then saw the riot police coming, and obligatory bottles being hurled.

    It was an ugly ending for an otherwise happy night.

  6. Remember when the idiot from Redwood City who drove her minivan into a crowd of cyclist and got her windows smashed in for deliberately running over people? Same thing here.

    I won’t hold my breathe waiting for M&R to run a big sob story about the driver here.

  7. After seeing the way people were acting in the Mission when the Giants won Game 4 on Sunday, and after growing up in the Mission for quite a few years in the 80s, I knew to stay way the hell away from there if they won the Series. I was in the Excelsior/Outer Mission, and there was no idiotic hurling of trash, bottles, and burning things.

  8. Also. Violence does not equal what happenened with the fire truck. A mattress was lit on fire. People were having hella fun. The fire truck came to put it out. The fire men were laughing as they came out of the truck and people were patting them on their helmets. The dudes looked like they ddin’t even want to put it out because they were having fun. After that, a lot of people got on the roof of the truck and danced. This may have been an unusual event, but it was not violent, aggressive or anything but an over the top celebration by elated people. Dancing on the fire truck was awesome and it was in no way intended to disrespect the firemen.

  9. I was on top of a building and saw what happened. The driver of the car did not run into the crowd for no reason…he was being chased by a group of people. He drove as slowly and carefully as he could to save himself. I could see how the people on the ground could be upset and think that he was trying to mow them down.

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