Dodger fans who cause trouble will be arrested, Police Chief Beck and Mayor Villaraigosa say
L.A. officials on Friday announced a new "zero tolerance" crackdown at Dodger Stadium, saying those who cause trouble can expect to be arrested.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said the Dodgers have agreed to create a computer crime tracking similar to the LAPD's Comstat, which has been successfully used to study crime patterns and develop crime-fighting strategies.
The Dodgers will also pay for more LAPD officers to be out in force at Dodger games, Beck said, saying the officers would be a "constant presence" at games. Season ticket holders who cause problems could have their tickets revoked, he said.
"If you come to intimidate, to antagonize either other fans or fans of another team, we’re going to do one of two things," Beck said. "You’re going to be thrown out of the stadium or you’re going to get to go to jail."
"What you did was wrong. It was despicable and senseless, unprovoked. But, make it a little better, by coming forward, by doing what will be looked at in hindsight as doing the civil, right thing when you’ve done wrong," he said.
On Thursday, former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton began to assemble a team of security experts to assess the situation at Dodger Stadium.
After coming under heated criticism for his muted response to an attack on opening day that left a Giants fan in a coma, McCourt on Wednesday hired Kroll Associates, the security consulting firm run by Bratton, to make recommendations on improving safety at the stadium.
Bratton, in an interview with The Times, said the team would be looking at a wide range of issues, including lighting in the parking lots, staffing levels of security personnel and the organization's policy on alcohol sales.
A recommendation to curb beer and liquor sales at games would cause a serious conundrum for McCourt, since they typically account for a large portion of profits at sporting venues.
Beck on Thursday announced a plan to significantly increase the number of police officers on patrol during games.
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Photo: Suspects sought by the LAPD in the attack on Giants fan. Credit: LAPD