While San Francisco’s New Year’s celebration on the Embarcadero was said to be less violent than in previous years, several hundred youths attacked three TV news live trucks parked at Justin Herman Plaza. KTVU reporter Renee Kemp reported that the crowd was doing a “hyphy” on the news trucks, a hip hop term for climbing on top of a vehicle and rocking it. The windshield of KGO’s truck was smashed and had to be towed away. KPIX reported that a camera atop its news van was destroyed. Vandals also struck at the KTVU truck. While each of the three stations reported the damage on their newscasts yesterday, police said the violence this year was far less than this year compared to last year or during Halloween in the Castro when nine people were shot. This year only 47 people were arrested for public intoxication.

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