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All quiet at Venice Beach as police step up patrols after brawl

May 31, 2010 |  4:23 pm

Los Angeles Police Department officials said there were no major problems at Venice Beach on Monday, a day after a large brawl broke out along the popular seaside boardwalk.

Police stepped up patrols on Memorial Day while trying to sort out what caused the Sunday night fight, which involved about 70 people.

Capt. Jon Peters, commanding officer of the LAPD's Pacific Division, said the fight erupted just before 8 p.m. on the boardwalk near 17th and Windward avenues. The fight moved north, breaking up and then starting again near that section of the beach.

Police officers, already heavily deployed in the area because of expected large crowds, flooded in on bikes, motorcycles and helicopters to break it up.

By 9 p.m. it was over, with no serious injuries reported and no weapons confiscated. About 20 people were detained and one person was arrested, police said.

Peters said he did not know what had sparked the fight but police were investigating the incident as potentially gang-related.

-- Bettina Boxall

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