L.A. City Council doubles reward in Giants fan's beating to $100,000 as political pressure mounts
Outrage over the Giants fan attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after Thursday’s season opener continues to be felt.
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two suspects has grown to $100,000 after the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to double the previous total.
The City Council’s pledge of $50,000 follows $25,000 offered by the Dodgers, $10,000 by Supervisor Mike Antonovich, $10,000 by the Giants and $5,000 by the American Medical Response.
AMR is the company that employs the 42-year-old victim, Bryan Stow, a father of two from Santa Cruz. He remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma.
The unprovoked attack is drawing a growing focus from politicians, which can’t be good for the Dodgers. On Monday, Antonovich asked for increased security around the stadium and more strict limits on alcohol sales.
"The Dodgers organization has an obligation to make security a top priority now," he said. "Denying that lack of security played a role in this attack is simply sticking their head in the sand."
Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district includes Dodger Stadium, called the incident a "black eye" on the city and also said the team needs to reassess its policies regarding alcohol sales and post-game security.
The Dodgers currently end alcohol sales after the seventh inning. Some teams extend sales until the eighth inning.
Councilman Dennis Zine, a former L.A. police officer who once worked at the notoriously rowdy Raiders games, suggested the Dodgers match the reward offered by the city.
"I hope the Dodgers will step forward and add to the reward," Zine said.
Meanwhile, the Giants have announced they will dedicate their first home game against the Dodgers on Monday to Stow. They plan to accept donations to help him and his family.
-- Steve Dilbeck