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Lakers celebration turns ugly as police, motorists come under attack

The Los Angeles Lakers victory in the NBA championships ended on a sour note as Los Angeles Police Department officers clashed with rowdy fans.

The LAPD brought large numbers of officers into the Staples Center area hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's looting and violence. But fans went on a rampage in some parts of downtown L.A., throwing rocks, shattering windows, rocking cars and setting fire to at least one vehicle and several other objects.

At Figueroa Street and Venice Boulevard, police fired less-than-lethal rounds at fans after they overturned a city parking enforcement vehicle and set fire to orange fire cones. On the LAPD's tactical frequency, officers at the intersection were heard requesting permission to fire  projectiles at a group of men throwing chunks of concrete at them. The permission was granted.

Among other incidents:

--The YMCA at 11th and Olive was attacked by crowds who smashed windows and tagged walls with graffiti.

--Crowds rocked and jumped on cars around Figueroa Street and nearby roads.

--A KCAL-TV Channel 9 news van was attacked by a crowd, which smashed its windows.

--Groups were seen in several downtown locations knocking down news racks, throwing bottles at officers, setting off firecrackers and defacing signs.

The LAPD was making numerous arrests, but the exact number was not immediately available.

Police were able to clear the areas around Staples Center and the L.A. Live shopping complex. But the crowds moved into surrounding neighborhoods, causing problems. Some fans ran onto the freeway.

Police Chief Charlie Beck expressed general satisfaction with the way the massive police force was handling the challenge of dispersing 20,000 people and tamping down several violent groups.

"Obviously, some people didn't heed our admonishments to celebrate safely, but unlike last year this has never gotten out of control. This has been a controlled exercise in crowd control. Unfortunately, we've had to manage some people more than we would have wanted."

--Robert Faturechi, Kate Linthicum, Andrew Blankstein, Ruben Vives, Abby Sewell, Sam Allen, and Hector Becerra.

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This is why we have both concealed carry and the castle law here in Missouri. If someone came into my neighborhood to riot or tried to harm me, my family, or my property, I'd just shoot them dead.

MOST (not all) Laker fans have NO CLASS. Yeah, I know...our team one so let's BURN things, hurt innocent people and destroy the very town we live in! God, I hate this town.

What a sad statement of our weak, liberal, pathetic country. Police officers are having chunks of concrete hurled at them, and they must "ask permission" to fire less lethal munitions at the persons assaulting them. Absurd!! Some ACLU hack lawyer will scream and yell so loudly about their clients "rights violations" that our weak kneed command officers require officers to receive permission from above before defending themselves. We are all going to hell in a handbasket!!

What color are they? Three guesses and the first two don't count...

I hope the Border Patrol was there to help the LAPD.

Can take the monkeys out of the jungle, can't take the jungle out of the monkeys.

I don't understand how 'celebrating' equals 'rioting'......Proves that animals can elevate themselves to an upright position and speak basic english.....Seriously,,,why is it necessary to tear something up over a win at a basketball game?....People work hard for what they have...Even if it's city equipment it's still taxpayer dollars....I hope they prosecute these people with significant jail time to set an example.


L.A., making Philly look civilized. Congrats.

The rioters are animals.

So they want to burn and destroy things? Send them all to Afghanistan.

Animals - I am rooting for the Earthquake.


To blame the Lakers for the mayhem that occurred last night is just as idiotic as those idiots acting like fools after the Laker victory.

As a Lakers fan myself I am always so disgusted to see people who call themselves fans acting in such a way. It has to come to an end and I do not feel like the Laker Organization has done enough to discourage it. I am embarraced by the actions of all those who now think of this type of distructive behavior as a tradition of celebration. It is not, it is simply criminal behavior by people justifying it by claiming they are fans!
Something has to give, business owners and the city should not have to suffer, we should not have to settle for this type of thug mentality! We should expect better from our citizens! How would Kobe's child and wife feel if they were stuck in the middle of these crowds as they threw bottles or started fires and rocked cars like last year! We are not an uncivilized nation folks! Demand better from your fans Lakers or take your team elsewhere, your better than this!

Lets see: Attacks, setting fires, smashing windows, rampaging, throwing rocks & cement, rocking cars, grafiti, firecrackers, defacing signs,'fans' running on the freeway, etc. etc....... and Police Chief Charlie Beck says "this has never gotten out of control"????
Disgusting. I don't need to see the videos to determine the primary demographics either.

HA! You Angelinos are such symbols of an advanced, progressive, mature society. "Yeah, the Lakers won! Let's break stuff!" What's funny is this would have been the reaction if the Lakers had lost: "Damn, the Lakers lost. Let's break stuff!".

And you had audacity to proclaim yourselves superior to Arizona. You guys are pathetic.

This is why no one can stand L.A.. It is a third world city, run by politically correct idiots where the inmates run the asylum. Had Boston won, they would have celebrated like human beings, without rioting and violence.

How sick are some people to ruin such a fantastic night. Those people should be accountable as criminals , be jailed and have no right to walk the streets of Los Angeles. They acted like animals, trying to hurt and destroy for no reason.

It was a basketball game you idiots................. Not an excuse foryouto come out of your cage to cause problems.

Carl W.

Makes no sense to me. I wish police could just start shooting all the looters and vandals, that would really eliminate some trash from the world.
We have way too many freedoms in this country.

Stay classy LA.

Kobe cheated on his wife.

What the heck does anybody expect when the NBA markets itself as a bunch of hoods?

Fan's? horse----! A perfect excuse to get their asses to town and cause grief and destruction....most probably would never be in that situation otherwise.

It's the illegals

The Laker fans are a bunch of bums.

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