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Lakers parade: LAPD uses beanbag rounds on bottle-throwing fans [Updated]

June 17, 2009 |  1:28 pm

Gatecrasher

The Los Angeles Police Department used less-than-lethal beanbag rounds on a group of bottle-throwing Lakers fans who broke down part of a fence at the L.A. Coliseum.

The incident occurred about 1 p.m. by the main entrance to the venue, near the Olympic flame torch. According to the LAPD, fans broke through a fence and climbed onto a ticket building.

Police formed a skirmish line and ordered the crowd to leave. Officers on mounted horseback were also sent in. Some in the crowd threw bottles at the officers on horseback. One of the bottles landed near Police Chief William J. Bratton.

Officers fired some beanbag rounds and the crowd left. Several people were arrested. It's unclear if any officers were hurt.

[Updated 1:30 p.m.: The LAPD also cited 30 people for running on the freeway and taking pictures.]

[Updated at 2 p.m.: The LAPD was still tallying the number of arrests but officials said they think the problems are over with.

"We had knuckleheads in several areas," Chief William J. Bratton said. "Generally, it went off very smoothly."

Bratton said his officers showed the kind of restraint when attacked with the bottles.]

-- Andrew Blankstein, at the L.A. Coliseum, and Richard Winton

Photo: Party-crashers force their way through a fence at the Coliseum.

Credit: Mark Ralston  / AFP/Getty Images

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