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Tense moments outside Staples Center as police try to control fans


The Los Angeles Lakers’ victory against the Boston Celtics in the NBA final brought boisterous celebrations across Los Angeles -- mostly peaceful but with some tense moments.

Crowds smashed windows at Pico Boulevard and Figueroa Street.

At 9th and Flower streets, a crowd bashed in the windows at the condo loft tower and ripped down the barriers that had been set up at the street. Then they swarmed a pickup truck at the intersection. Ten men hopped on top of it.

Police were also responding to a report of shots fired near Staples Center.

A standoff has ensued between Lakers fans and a phalanx of more than two dozen police wearing riot gear and wielding batons. The scene began when fans tore down a traffic sign and then started tearing down two newspaper stands and lighting the papers on fire. When the police marched up Figueroa Street, about two dozen abreast, the crowd slowly receded.

Some people are throwing Monster Energy drinks at the crowd (they were given out after the win). Others are posing for photographs in front of the line of police.

Some people kicked a Honda car parked on Figueroa Street, shattering its windows. But others tried to protect the car. One in that group said: "You ain’t from L.A. This is L.A.. No burning."

At least nine people were arrested by the LAPD.

The Sheriff's Department closed Whittier Boulevard in East L.A., but no incidents were reported there.

--Robert Faturechi, Kate Linthicum, Andrew Blankstein, Ruben Vives and Hector Becerra.

Photo: Police arrest a Lakers fans on Figueroa Street after the Lakers victory over the Boston Celtics inGame 7 of the NBA Finals at Staples Center in the L.A. LIVE campus on Thurs., June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. Credit: John W. Adkisson/Los Angeles Times

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An excuse to riot! Whoo hoo!

"L.A. has the most ghetto people in all of pro sport cities in the US."

straight up. BACK 2 BACK

looks like the beverly hills crowd rioted after the win. aagh, why?

How many of these thugs causing the chaos are illegally in this state? How many voted Obama?

Mostly peaceful if you don't count the rioting.

There is somehing wrong with people lately. We have long ago forgotten to teach our children manners and respect.

Lets all act like animals!!!!! Win or lose...go with the mob mentality and tear up the city! Come home with looted stuff and be proud! Show your children that acting like a thug and getting put in jail is cool! Yea!!! Lets screw up the next generation even more that the last!


As soon as the Lakers won...I thought
get the riot shields and the rubber bullets

how you gonna rep LA and then go and destroy LA.

how you gonna rep LA and then go and destroy LA.

how you gonna rep LA and then go and destroy LA.

Those people are looking for excuses to get rowdies, destroy the city, and riots. They are a bunch of idiot!!! I hope L.A. have enough jails to put them. Try some tear gas!!!

Wow. LA is the new Montreal, it seems.

That said, basketball tends to bring out the rowdy crowds in the US. Someone else pointed out the contrast to the scene in Chicago last week after the Hawks won the Stanley Cup. It got NBA Finals-type ratings in Chicago and Philly yet there were only minor reports of arrests in those cities (a dozen or so arrests for drunkenness) and no damage. The Loop was nearly pristine after the rally. Similarly, crowds after World Series and Super Bowl wins tend to be fairly tame. OTOH, I remember riots after the Bulls won.

I love it. Loot all the stores and burn down the town.

Animals on parade.

What nationality were most of the thugs? I noticed on TV this morning that many of the criminals wrecking and smashing things were dressed in gang-type clothes, like pants down to below their butts. Why are they so bitter against society? Where are they from? (wink, wink)


I was thinking whe watching this that those people really make blacks/mexicans look bad.
This is why people have the perception of minorities that they do.

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