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