3 arrested at Venice Boardwalk drum circle

A sign on the Venice Boardwalk titled,
A sign on the Venice Boardwalk titled, "All Drums Welcome Pow Wow."
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Three people were arrested Sunday evening at the Venice Beach boardwalk after police attempted to break up and disperse several members of a drum circle, according to ABC 7. 

Police decked in tactical gear dodged glass bottles and cans after people refused to disperse and leave the vicinity, according to video footage from NBC LA. 

ABC 7 reports that of the three arrests, at least one was for throwing a bottle at police officers Sunday evening. 

Media partner NBC LA has footage of Sunday's incident.

The clash comes just weeks after a police officer was injured during a gathering at a drum circle on the Venice Boardwalk on Ocean Front Walk and Breeze Avenue March 16.

The Venice Drum Circle has gathered for 30 years every Saturday and Sunday evening on Brooks Avenue and Ocean Front Walk,  ABC7 reports. In recent months, neighbors have complained the noise has grown louder and gone on later, bringing on more scrutiny from the LAPD:

"During the day, the drum circle can't be heard by residents or a very faint noise because of all the other things that are going on on the boardwalk," Sgt. Theresa Skinner told the station.  "But once that sun goes down, and the boardwalk clears out, the ambient level of the noise is very high." 

The stricter LAPD patrolling policies have provoked a group called Wave of Action Los Angeles to launch a Facebook group titled, "Solidarity with Venice Drum Circle." The organization has called for a meeting April 13 to discuss what they see as an unfair "beach curfew."