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Fan's opening day clash at Dodger Stadium caught on tape; team officials are investigating

Taped clash involving Dodgers security probed

Los Angeles Dodgers officials said they were looking into a YouTube video that apparently showed stadium security pushing, kicking [Warning: The video contains offensive language] and eventually taking to the ground a male fan during a confrontation on opening day at the stadium.

On the video, the unidentified fan is surrounded by apparent Dodger security staff against a perimeter fence and seems to be resisting efforts to eject him from the stadium.

The incident occurs when one of the security guards pushes the fan several times in the chest. The pushes force the man to back out a gate.  When the fan lifts up his arms and makes a gesture, he is then kicked in the chest area, which knocks him backward toward the ground.

The fan is grabbed by the arms and legs by more than half a dozen people wearing "Security" shirts and is  wrestled to the ground as his sandals come off.

The video, posted on YouTube on Wednesday, claimed to have been shot April 13.  Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said the club was aware of the video and was looking into the circumstances.

LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy said he did not know the identity of the man in the video or whether he was among the 132 people arrested at the stadium during an opening-day crackdown. Murphy said none of those captured on the video were on-duty LAPD officers. Murphy, who is currently captain for the area that includes stadium, cautions that the video may not have captured all aspects of the incident.

Murphy said there were actions in the video clip that supported the use of force by security officers. He said the man seemed to push the security officer with his hands before he was pushed by a security guard. Murphy said, immediately before the kick by the security guard, the fan seemed to put up his hands in a "fighting motion.”

-- Richard Winton

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Going to see a Dodger game is like going into Gitmo.
I won't be going to see another game there!

Way to treat the fans, McCourt.

Dodger games at Dodger Stadium not the place to take your family. You do not want to subject your children to type of fan that now attends Dodger games. Too much profane language, excessive drinking and just rude behavior. Why chance a problem go to a high school or college baseball game.

Welcome to a newly formed third world city, Los Angeles, Ca.

Land of the Free, eh Comrade?

i don't think that many people were ever arrested even at a Raider's game. it's safer to stay at home and not expose the kids to such crappy behavior.

I've been a season ticket holder for 12 years and the stadium has beceome an extension to the ghetto. At the same time though, the security at the stadium is not trained properly.

Nothing new and it will not change.
Beer sales are the cause. You can't walk around the stadium without running into a beer stand. They have always sold beer but never in your face as much as it is now.

Need to keep the McCourts living the lifestyle.

Thugs come in all shades and colors...

What else can "Murphy" said? Murphy, who is currently captain for the area that includes stadium, cautions that the video may not have captured all aspects of the incident.

Dodger Stadium Security Guards act like if they own Dodger Stadium. Some of these clowns, yes I call them clowns take things way out of the ordinary. They forget that they are there to "Observe and Report" NOT to take things on their own matter! Mr. McCourt due background check on ALL of this Clowns / Pot heads!

That's right people-- another excuse to sit on your couches all day and not leave the house. Avoid the danger of spectating at a baseball game, watch on TV.

And this is news? No doubt he got what ever it was he was looking for. Bad behavior at sporting events is standard equipment anymore.

dodgers games give a different vibe. regardless of unruly fans, which are part and parcel to any team, the abundance of security detail, the curtailing of tailgating, the increased cost of food and beverage, the parking cost, etc. all will only prove to drive fans away. this will be the norm from now on, even if unruly behavior diminished significantly. i used to enjoy going to a dodgers game - now all of the above has made me lose much appreciation for the dodgers organization. the security detail was out of line. the guy who kicked the man should be relieved of his duties. the fan should sue. these guys remind me of night club bouncers, off-duty cops, etc. - all with big egos and chips on their shoulders. now they are a standard at dodgers game.

Go Angels!

Just wait until this weekend...

Quick, dodger fans, without your computer or phone what's your starting 8 and rotation? yeah... didn't think so.
Let's go GIANTS! Beat LA!

Sounds like a typical Dodgers game to me

Ok LAPD, when college football season starts I hope you do the same at the Coliseum to the USC fans.

I have attended every Dodgers opener since they came to Los Angeles. The fights are nothing new but the stepped up security is definitely APPRECIATED. Went to 14 games last season and it was the calmest I've seen the stadium in many years. KEEP IT UP, DODGERS!

I went to Opening NIght..and I am not going back..I took my nephews and nieces and the atmosphere was very bad..Too many drunks screaming at each other and just using profanity without remorse.....

I'm done with the Dodgers

I went to one Dodger Game and a bunch of drunk and belligerent fans were way out of control and on that occasion one of them tried to fight security also. He was tackled and removed. Everyone in the section applauded! I will not take my children to another Dodger Game.

Going to a game during the O'Malley years was a great time. Today, its a thug fest. These era's represented two different breed's of fans. You couldn't pay me to go to a game today. It's a rip off.

I have been attending games here forever. Never had an issue. Was there on opening day this year with my wife. 9 year old daughter and 1 year old daughter. Had a great time. Any even you attend will have people who dont know how to act right. Dodger Stadium is not any worst than going to any other even were alot of people gather. I guarantee you there will be a knucklehead or two in the crowd. Having 56k people there, you are sure to get someone morons in the bunch.

More attention needs to be paid to the gang-like atmosphere that permeates Dodger Stadium in recent years. As a father of 2 young children I am sick and tired of "men" full of tattoos and booze dropping f-bombs even in the expensive seats. The rap music that's played ad nauseum doesn't help matters (Will.i.am throwing out the first ball of the season? No single former Dodger baseball of the past 50 years was available, eh?).

I urge those of you who remember the old Dodger Stadium to make the trek to Angel Stadium where there still is a family feel at a much reduced price.

There are drunks at all ball parks

I am a long time fan and go to at least 20 games a year. This opening day was the worst that I have been to. The behavior and attitude of some of the fans is sad. I don't think I will be going to another opening day or taking my family to a game again.

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