37 arrested in Los Angeles Lakers victory unrest
The Los Angeles Police Department on Friday announced it had made 37 arrests and detained 38 people during unrest that followed the Los Angeles Lakers victory over the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.
Officials said more arrests are possible as detectives review video footage of crowds causing problems and potentially identify more suspects. During last year's unrest after the Lakers' championship victory, police used videotape to identify several suspects.
Most of the problems were isolated to the downtown L.A. area. Other areas officials had been concerned about -- Whittier Boulevard in East L.A., Pacific Boulevard in Huntington Park and Crenshaw Boulevard in South L.A. -- reported few problems.
The arrests this year included:
--11 for public drunkenness
--three for inciting a riot
--one for arson
--four for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer
--four for disturbing the peace
--one for battery
--three for vandalism
--two for throwing objects at a
motor vehicle and other offenses.
According to the LAPD, 36 of the people arrested were adults; 34 were men.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: A Lakers fan pushes a burning shopping cart along Venice Boulevard after the team's victory over the Celtics. ( Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / June 17, 2010 )