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Dodger Stadium to see a dramatic increase in LAPD presence, Chief Beck and Mayor Villaraigosa announce

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Following an attack in the parking lot of Dodger stadium that left a visiting fan with brain damage, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday announced they would dramatically increase the number of police patrolling the facility.

"You are going to see a sea of blue. And it’s not going to be Dodger blue. It’s going to be LAPD blue," Beck said of the police presence at the team’s next home game April 14. Beck said he would  “expend whatever resources necessary to keep fans safe at Dodger stadium. This is going to be a game-changer. People will be awed by the response of the Los Angeles Police Department to this because we will not suffer this as a city again.  People have a right to enjoy the American pastime and we are going to assure that right.”

The chief and mayor were joined at a press conference by City Councilmember Ed Reyes, who represents the Elysian Park area that includes the stadium.  Reyes on Wednesday pushed through the council a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the two men suspected of beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow after the two teams met on opening day last week.  Along with money ponied up by the two teams and others, the city’s reward brought the total offer to $100,000.

LAPD Deputy Chief Jose Perez said police were inundated with over 80 tips from callers responding to composite sketches of the attackers.  As detectives continue to track down leads, Reyes said he hoped reward money would entice people who know the attackers to come forward with their names.  “To the cowards who did this: I know you’re watching. We will find you. It would be better for you to turn yourselves in,” Reyes said.
 
Beck declined to discuss specifics of the plan to beef up security at the stadium, but said in a brief interview that it would be “at the absolute minimum” a doubling of the 30 to 40 uniformed officers who typically work at games. Beck said his staff was still working to determine the number of officers needed to provide more comprehensive patrol coverage inside and outside sprawling facility.  

He emphasized that plainclothes officers would be deployed as well. LAPD officers who work at Dodger Stadium are typically off-duty from their normal patrol assignment, so it is unlikely the added deployment will strain staffing at area police stations. The stadium is one of a handful of high-profile locations that has an agreement with the city to use uniformed, off-duty officers for security.

When asked whether the cost of adding additional officers would be passed on to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, Beck said he expected the Dodgers would foot the bill.  Villaraigosa declined to say whether he had a formal commitment from McCourt to pay what could quickly become a six-figure cost, depending on how big the response and how many games it lasts.   Discussions with McCourt and his staff to reach an agreement are ongoing, Villaraigosa said.

The mayor and Beck said they had told McCourt they disagree with the team’s policy of not allowing off-duty police officers to carry their weapons into the stadium.

With much being made about McCourt’s decision Wednesday to hire Beck’s predecessor William Bratton to assess security measures at the stadium, Beck made clear that Bratton would have no say over how LAPD officers are deployed during games.  He said the pair had spoken by phone several times since Bratton was brought on board to discuss the issue.

-- Joel Rubin at LAPD headquarters

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Photo: Dodgers fan Eric Amend holds a sign expressing his thoughts during a prayer vigil for Bryan Stow outside the USC Medical Center on Wednesday. Stow, a father of two, was brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodgers Stadium following the season opener against the Giants. Credit: Mariah Tauger/ Los Angeles Times; LAPD sketch of the suspects. (KTLA News).

 

 
Comments () | Archives (81)

We stop going to Dodgers games completely a couple years ago because the all the drunk and out of controls fans, We use to have season tickets for 5 straight years. 50% percent of dodgers fans are out of control. Fights seem to be a common occurence, Foul language is all over the place. Fans have no control. Dodger security really stinks they do nothing till after tempers boil over and people are fighting. I will never take my kids back to Dodger stadium.

ES... best comment of them all

"Couldn't they come up with better descriptions of the suspects? These sketches pretty much represent 80% of the fan base that attend the Dodger games.

Posted by: ES "

And... come on people... YOU are responsible for your own security and safety. Figure it out and live it.

Stupid gang bangers should just be shot as they come through the gate. It will clean the city up.

And if McCourt doesn't want to let the cops carry their guns or foot the bill for the additional security, so be it. Just have no security. We'll see how long it is before people stop showing up to games and his revenue dries up.

Boycott McCourt and Dodger stadium. Watch the games from home and don't buy any merchandise.

This is long overdue! Heckling at Dodger Stadium has always been a little more than friendly prodding.

First off everyone whining about taxpayers footing the bill, this will be staffed by "off-duty" or "special event" LAPD officers earning their union mandated extra overtime and it will be paid (after being grossly inflated for "supervisory costs") by the Dodgers. They will, like the TSA simply harass and delay law abiding citizen sheep who will accept it because it makes them "feel" safer, but in reality there will just be big groups of overpaid LAPD officers in their little circles laughing about how much overtime they are making. Really they should be ordered to be in groups of 2 or 3 and to constantly be patroling the parking lots, pedestrian walkways, restrooms, stairways etc, but they just group up together and stand around and talk.

I'm glad the stadium is changing so it could be more family orientated but i honestly think since the begining thy should of seperated the giants from the dodgers during the game knowing they were rivals...those men ruined it for a lot of people and should be locked away forever...we need to stop the madness and jyst enjoy the sport we love

 
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