Beating of Giants fan 'has no place in our society,' L.A., S.F. leaders say in joint statement
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials released a joint statement calling the severe beating of a Giants fan at the Dodgers' home opener "unconscionable" and has "no place in our society and certainly not in our national pastime."
The statement comes as police continue to look for suspects in the Thursday night attack, which left a Santa Cruz paramedic in a coma.
"Baseball is a family sport that has unified our country after times of crisis and tragedy. This senseless act of violence has no place in our society and certainly not in our national pastime," said the statement from Villaraigosa, Beck, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco Police interim Chief Jeff Godown, Giants managing partner Bill Neukom and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
A $10,000 reward has been issued for information leading to the arrest of the suspects, who were wearing Dodger outfits.
Bryan Stow, 42, hit his head on the pavement during the attack and is in a medically induced coma. He has two children.
The LAPD released sketches of two suspects in the attack.
LAPD Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg, watch commander at the Northeast Station, said the victim was one of three Giants fans who were attacked in the parking lot by the two men wearing Dodgers clothing. The apparently unprovoked attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 2 when two men approached three victims in Giants apparel.
The two men attacked the three victims, kicking and punching them and shouting expletives about the Giants as they delivered the blows, Rosenberg said.
The incident was witnessed by several fans, he said. The assailants fled as people tried to assist the injured man, he said. Police said the incident was captured on security-camera video, and witnesses have provided details about the assailants, including a distinctive tattoo.
The statement, released by Major League Baseball, continues:
"The Giant/Dodger rivalry is one of the most storied in all of sports, dating back to when the teams played across town in New York City before their moves to California. This is a great rivalry between teams competing on the field of play. That's where it must stay.
"We call on our respective citizens to stand together in honor of that rivalry as you have done throughout the years. Root hard for your teams, and do so with civility and common decency.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim, Bryan Stow, and his family. The best thing that we as a community of baseball fans can do to support Bryan and his family is to rise above this outrageous act and exercise good sportsmanship and mutual respect for each other."
-- Richard Winton and Shelby Grad
Sketch: Police drawings of the beating suspects in frame grab from KTLA. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department