August 14, 2000: Rage Against the Machine Fans Riot In Los Angeles
Hector Mata, AFP
Rage Against the Machine performed a free show in Los Angeles to protest the Democratic National Convention taking place nearby and, just like the band's album of the same name, the battle of Los Angeles ensued.
The estimated 9,000 fans gathered saw a RATM performance that featured singer Zack de la Rocha shouting things like "we have a right to oppose these motherfuckers!"
The 2,000 police nearby didn't think the same way about exercising those pesky "rights," however, and lit up on the audience, igniting a riot that resulted in at least six arrests.