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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 )

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WHATTTT??????????????????? This is an OUTRAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Chief Beck, you forgot to STAND DOWN!!!!!!!!!!! Now they wont come forward with information on other crimes................lolllllll

Too bad these morons who don't have anything else to do but destroy their city as a result of the city it represents. What a shame these people who call themselves Laker fans. They should be ashamed of themselves and become Clipper fans becasue both teams are a buch of losers.

what an idiot........ that was reel productive.......i wonder if he has a job?

I'd like to personally send a shout-out to Walmart for providing the shopping carts used in the street violence. I don't know what the shaved-headed gang thugs would do with out corporate sponsorship during these tough economic times.

That picture states the obvious, absolute morons!

No wonder they are called fans. Short for fanatic.

This really spoils something which should be cause for celebration instead of destruction.

Stay classy LA.

37 arrests divided by the 18,000 at Staples center is .002% this tiny minority is hugely embarrassing. Have some class people.

Still pathetic...I'm a Lakers fan and these morons give us 'real' fans a bad name.

I think these criminals are celebrating the Mexico win at the World Cup...

The arsonist-shopping cart thief and the barricade thief seem to be overjoyed...

Can you imagine LA 20 years from now....

Remember everybody, they're just here to work hard.

Where did that Walmart cart come from? There isn't a Walmart for many many miles.

This is very upsetting and dissapointing to see. Coming from a first generation Mexican family (who came here and worked their behinds off the right way) i am embarrassed!!! Yes i agree with Arizona Law. If you have something to hide then follow the proper routes to getting here. Its not like the state is saying NO get out! but please, the U.S. is known for one thing! Following rules, laws, and implementing them, something Mexico clearly lacks in recent drug violance. Again, yes Morons! i completely agree. I don't understand the mind set of these people at all, specially when immagration is such a huge issue right now. These morons clearly lack in knowledge of current affairs and what their image represents. Again i can't express how ashamed i feel at times. Our family comes from a good culture of strong family values and very strict ways of behaving. I dont have an answer to this behavior.

California code? Let me remind these people just what it states

Section 834b in the California Penal Code:
(a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. (b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following: (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status. (2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States. (3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity. (c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.

it show u the stupidty and immaturity of these kind of people in this country thinking u can get away with all this mayhem i am sure all those people parents r proud of their offspring for all this my parents raised me better than to hurt or destroy things violence begets more violence and hope they pay the price for go lapd ge them

Can't anyone have a little fun anymore without getting arrested?

Knowing that this happens every year the Lakers win; I think the NBA or the Lakers should be responsible for their fans behavior; and at least help out financially or with extra security especially on the streets of Los Angeles and the surrounding communities within a week long stretch. Congratulations Lakers for winning the championship; but don't let your victory be marred by your over eager fans.

This had little to do with the Lakers win. It was the opportunity that misfits and miscreants were looking for to create their norm: chaos. Most of these cretins won't be reading these posts and could care less about Los Angeles in the eyes of the world.

AS I SAID in another 'LA TIMES ARTICAL" why is the City of LA having this "Laker parade" on Monday? why not on Sat or Sunday-is it becuase they want a 3 days weekend to act like fools? Is is because The City and LAPD are not ready (it's not like this is the first time we been down this road!), or is it becuase those morons at City Hall want to screw up everybodys work day on monday and tie up down town traffic on a work day and make us all sit in traffic longer down town? I understand many of thise idiots don't work or will not show-up on monday-BUT OTHER WILL GO TO WORK AND THEY ARE GOING TO PAY THE PRICE OF THE PARADE BY SITTING IN TRAFFIC

The 34 men and two others should be banned form lakers or any other sport events in the future...........much like the UK soccer hooligans that have been banned from soccer games.


Feel ashamed of my city. Look at this moron go. It's a good thing just a minute fraction of our society is this

Half the idiots involved in this mess don't even follow the Lakers. And most of these low-life's are venting their frustration on inanimate objects, things they can't have unless they steal it. The animal side comes out of these devils when given opportunities like this.

So Mayor Virra...what saith you about the Mexicans destroying the city of Los Angeles? I know, lets boycott Walmart for suppling the burning shopping cart!

BTW...did you enjoy the free courtside seats?

Bunch of Idiots in our city!!!!!!

Come on L.A lets celebrate with class and not with a mob mentality. And people come on really we are going to start with the immigrant bashing I bet the majority are U.S citizens. Lets not let the mistakes of few represent Los Angeles.

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