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Man convicted of resisting arrest after Lakers’ championship victory

A Los Angeles man who failed to heed police orders after the celebration of the Lakers’ NBA title victory in June was convicted Thursday of resisting arrest, city prosecutors said.

Giancarlo Quijada was sentenced to 36 months’ probation and 45 days of Caltrans work. Judge Gregory Dohi also ordered Quijada receive a four-month suspended jail sentence and found him in violation of his probation in connection with an earlier vandalism case.

Quijada was one of at least 45 people arrested June 17 outside Staples Center Arena after the victory by the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA championship. Thus far, the city attorney’s office has secured convictions against 12 people for charges including inciting a riot, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, throwing objects at a vehicle, vandalism, arson, assault on a police officer, battery, public intoxication and outstanding warrants.

The city attorney's office said Quijada was among 200 people who failed to heed police commands to immediately disperse. Prosecutors also alleged that Quijada ran from officers after throwing a rock and failed to stop after being instructed.

"Quijada continued to be combative and aggressive even after officers took him into custody," the city attorney's office said in a statement.

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Comments () | Archives (8)

With a slap on the wrist like this, you can count on more people vandalizing police cars, looting stores, and resisting arrest after the next Lakers' victory.

THIS LOSER SHOULD GET AT LEAST 6 MONTHS IN JAIL AND PICK UP TRASH ON THE ROAD FOR 3 YEARS. HE IS THE TYPE THAT RUIN THE COMMUNITIES

If this guy really is as big a scumbag as the news report indicates he will violate probation and be incarcerated.

Let's hope that if that happens he will have a strike against him. The news does not give any indication of his prior record. Hopefully this will be a wake-up call and he will grow up.

Typical Latino. Most of the trouble makers downtown that night were Latino. Explain that.

Already convicted of a prior vandalisim charge and he gets a suspended jail sentence! What a joke! Obviously the prior lenient sentence did nothing to educate this fool! Maybe the justice system should sentence this guy to making restitution by cleaning up a poor neighborhood for about 2 years. A little hard work might do his good!

Wow, they really let that guy have it. Hopefully a harsh sentence like that will send a message to others who are considering resting arrest.

Chavez: You'll kidding, right? he will probably manage to get out of his Caltrans work and he sure wont spend any time in jail, so, what harsh sentence are you looking at?

I don't know why their always Latinos acting so stupid at a game anything to act a fool.


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