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Giants fan was attacked from behind, LAPD says

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Authorities released new details Friday about the Giants fan who allegedly was severely beaten by two apparent Dodgers fans at the end of the Dodgers' opening day game.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the assailants, clad in Dodgers attire, began taunting the victim with expletives.  As the victim, 41, and his friends attempted to walk away from the assailants, the victim was hit from behind and fell to the ground, police said.

The two men then kicked and punched the victim as he lay on the ground.  The victim’s friends attempted to help him and they too were hit by the assailants.

"The man suffered a serious head injury during the assault after the game," said LAPD Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg, watch commander at the Northeast Division station.

The attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Parking Lot 2 when the two assailants approached three people wearing Giants apparel.

The incident was witnessed by several fans in the area, Rosenberg said. The assailants fled as people tried to assist the injured man, Rosenberg said.

Police said the incident was captured on a security video camera, and witnesses have provided details about the assailants, including a distinctive tattoo.

Because Dodgers opening day is known for its heavy drinking and rowdy crowds, the LAPD was out in full force to try to avoid a repeat of unruly behavior of past years.

"It was much quieter this year than previous years," said Capt. Dave Lindsay.

Opening day this year saw 72 people arrested, he said. Most of those arrests were related to intoxication or illegal consumption of alcohol, Lindsay said.

Many of those arrests were done by cite and release with a court date, he said. In addition to those arrests, 48 citations were issued for various offenses, including traffic infractions.

But the number of overall arrests was markedly down from last year’s opening day, when 132 arrests were made, police said.

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Photos: Scenes from the Dodgers' home opener

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Pregame warm-ups at Elysian Park on opening day.

Credit: Allen J. Schaben /Los Angeles Times

 
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The two male suspects who beat the victim are nothing more than typical Latino thugs that deserve to be put against a wall and beaten with the same ferocity that they unleashed on the white, defenseless paramedic father of two children.

I am comforted knowing that these two cockroaches will end up one of three ways: dead, in jail or dead in jail.

Every male latino with a shaved head and gang affiliated tattoos should be rounded up and shot on site.

How pathetic. These morons probably had too much to drink and escalated their machismo with their fists. It's idiots like this who ruin a family environment. It's idiots like this who will be responsible for getting beer banned from concessions someday. 55,000 baseball fans + 2 jackasses - I hope they catch Mr. Tattoo and imprison him.

Sue the Dodgers!!! Sue the Dodgers!!! When you let wild amimals run loose on your property you will pay. Don't go to a Dodger Game ....too many aniumals

Mexicans.....any time its 2 on one and their kicking the guy when hes down you can bet its mexicans.

Why is it that the Times won't post any comments about this article? Part of the reason that Dodger Stadium is such an ugly place and so many of the fans so dreadful is that we have turned a blind eye to it for years. You do us all a disservice by censoring our posts about it like the one I submitted earlier.

Check the border, though by now the assailants have certainly made it across.

It's just a game, guys. Unless of course you add huge quantities of beer to an already low IQ, defective brain housed in a semi-human shell whose only accomplishment in life is to root for a team that they have no hope of ever being associated with because of their physical, mental, and social inadequacies.

Ive lived in SF for a few years now, but kept my 310 area code and joke that I left my heart in LA. I love LA and never fail to come to her defense when I hear negative comments.
But how do I defend this behavior? This is nothing short of disgraceful. This is the first time I have been ashamed of LA. This is not about gang activity, which happens here as well as there.
This is about America's favorite pastime, a family thing and Dodger fans at a sporting event ambush Giant fans? I don't even know what to think.
I realize its just a couple of bad apples who attacked the Giant fans, but I have friends who were at the game and by all accounts Dodger fans in general conducted themselves very poorly and in a most unsportsmanlike manner. Dodger fans were rude, taunting, heckling, and just plain mean. Several said they would never go to a Dodger game again. That is just sad. Baseball is just a game... Sure we get emotional and love our teams, but is it really worth seriously injuring or killing someone because they love their home team as much as you love yours? We take our kids to games, is this really the example we want for our kids???
I am at a loss, torn between my loyalty and love for LA and my abhorrence of this senseless act of violence. If anything good can come from this perhaps it will make people think about how words can hurt, how malicious taunting can incite violence in unstable individuals.

They were out in full force and " it was much quieter this year "yet they were nowhere around when someone is brutally attacked and beaten.?? What were they doing? Where were they?
It's the old cliche that they are never around when you need them.

Article -- Because Dodgers opening day is known for its heavy drinking and rowdy crowds, the LAPD was out in full force to try to avoid a repeat of unruly behavior of past years.

"It was much quieter this year than previous years," said Capt. Dave Lindsay.

???

If Doger's fans have any class they will all show up in Giant's colors at the next Giant's game.

Another awful reporting by LA Times. Other reputable news organizations have already reported that the two thugs were described as hispanics between the ages of 18-25. Yet not one mention of their description here. BTW, the victim is a paramedic for American Medical Response in San Mateo.

Doyers Stadium = Thug Central

This is truly senseless and all for what? Because the guy was a Giants fan? Why is our country becoming a nation of savages where people get killed over trivial nonsense!

It...is...just...a...game! Stop drinking too much cheap beer you idiots!

They were "clad in Dodgers attire?" Who talks like that? Do you mean they were wearing Dodgers shirts? The writing in the Times is like 1930's tabloid "Front Page" style. No wonder the company is bankrupt.

Not 1 comment from the greater LA metropolitan community? When you come to AT&T Park, wear your Dodger Blue with pride and without fear of being criminally assaulted during and after the games you attend. We in orange and black are the wiser to travel a tad farther south to watch our Giants play away from home. The Dodgers have a fan base that inspires a measure of contempt, in relative measures no doubt. I'm sure there are angels among you all.

Not only were the attackers Mexican ghetto thugs, they were COWARDS too!
Keep up the good work McCort.

Again, the dodger organazation knows it, LA Dodger stadium is nothing more than an extension of the county jail. The LA symbol is a symbol of gang in southern calif, if the dodgers were truly a clean organazatiion they would change their symbol.

But like they say, that would hurt their pocketbooks, so they won't.. Disgusting, I would never take my kids to dodger stadium..Hardly has been or ever will be a family fun place

WE LOVE LA!! WE LOVE IT!

I'm a big Dodger fan...

Number of games I'm planning to see at Dodger Stadium this year... ZERO!!

Hey Dodger management WAKE UP!!! YOU HAVE A HUGE PROBLEM!!

WHEN DOES GOING TO A GAME MEAN FIGHTING
FOR YOUR LIFE???!!!
When GANG MEMBERS appear looking for someone to
BEAT DOWN!!!
Thats when you FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE when GANGS
appear at a GAME to BEAT DOWN other INNOCENT PEOPLE
just like a pack of WILD ANIMALS!!!
The only PROBLEM
We ARE NOT ANIMALS
WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS with a mind that can comprehend
COMPASSION and KINDNESS
We can also comprehend WICKEDNESS and EVIL and this is
where the TRUE COMPASSION of SOCIETY comes in and ARRESTS
these CREEPS so that LITTLE CHILDREN and WOMEN will FEEL
SAFE AGAIN going to a BASEBALL GAME!!!
I want these MONSTERS TO DO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE for taking
away the HAPPINESS of the MAN IN THE GIANTS APPAREL and
the happiness of people who love that MAN and BASEBALL
No one should ever become a VICTIM OVER BEING A FAN OF
BASEBALL OR ANYTHING FOR THAT MATTER!!!

WHEN DOES GOING TO A GAME MEAN FIGHTING
FOR YOUR LIFE???!!!
When GANG MEMBERS appear looking for someone to
BEAT DOWN!!!
Thats when you FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE when GANGS
appear at a GAME to BEAT DOWN other INNOCENT PEOPLE
just like a pack of WILD ANIMALS!!!
The only PROBLEM
We ARE NOT ANIMALS
WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS with a mind that can comprehend
COMPASSION and KINDNESS
We can also comprehend WICKEDNESS and EVIL and this is
where the TRUE COMPASSION of SOCIETY comes in and ARRESTS
these CREEPS so that LITTLE CHILDREN and WOMEN will FEEL
SAFE AGAIN going to a BASEBALL GAME!!!
I want these MONSTERS TO DO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE for taking
away the HAPPINESS of the MAN IN THE GIANTS APPAREL and
the happiness of people who love that MAN and BASEBALL
No one should ever become a VICTIM OVER BEING A FAN OF
BASEBALL OR ANYTHING FOR THAT MATTER!!!

I just wonder how these guys got out of the parking lot that fast. Every game I have ever been to there has never been a speedy escape from the parking lots.

Just arrest every hispanic male 18-25 in Los Angeles county, and 75% of violent crimes would go away tomorrow. Most of us just ignore the problem these animal pose to society because they are usually just harming one another, but at some point decent citizens will need to take a real stand against these horrible people.

I like the idea of having plain clothes cops dressed in opposing team colors at these types of venues. I also like the idea of private citizens doing the same thing and standing up for themselves. If I were the victims brother, I would be headed to the next Dodger home game with my Giants jersey on, and a steel bat.

Josh is right---this is soccer hooliganism transplanted. And they want an NFL team here? *eyeroll* What are they trying to promote riots?

 
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