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Rapper Tyler, the Creator Arrested on Riot Charge

Police have arrested a rapper who performed at South by Southwest after officials say he encouraged a crowd to push through doors keeping them out of an already overcrowded venue.

Tyler Okonma, who performs as Tyler, the Creator, was arrested and charged with “Riot - Class A misdemeanor." Police released a video of Okonma telling fans outside of his show Thursday at the Scoot Inn to push past security personnel that were keeping them out of the venue.

The Scoot Inn had already reached its capacity, when Okonma yelled over the sound system for those outside to “push through.”

A few people suffered minor injuries as the crowd pushed open the door and ran over employees and others standing at the back of the venue.

Ben Philpott is the Managing Editor for KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @BenPhilpottKUT.
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