County supervisor wants to scrap alcohol promotion at Dodgers games
L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich on Tuesday called on the Dodgers to cancel a planned half-off special on alcohol at midweek games in the aftermath of the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow.
Antonovich, who was among the first to question Dodgers security in the wake of Stow’s beating by two unidentified assailants, again challenged the team to take action and end the alcohol promotion.
“They don't need to be offering alcoholic beverages at half price when they can't handle the crowd at full price,” Antonovich said.
The half-off deal was planned for six games in April, May, June and August.
The beating in the stadium parking lot left Stow, the father of two, in a medically induced coma.
Dodgers officials said they are reexamining the alcohol sales as part of a wider review of security and other measures at the stadium.
Antonovich said Tuesday that the plans to beef up security were “a day late and a dollar short.”
Stow, 42, was wearing Giants attire when he was attacked after the opening day game.
Sixteen LAPD officers and detectives are working to identify and arrest the assailants, and a $150,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.
In the wake of growing bad publicity, the Dodgers hired former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton and his security firm, Kroll Associates, to produce a plan to prevent violence in and around the stadium.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has vowed to have many more officers present at games this week, with a zero-tolerance approach to misbehavior.
Bratton, in an interview with The Times, said a wide range of issues, including lighting in the parking lots, staffing levels of security personnel and the organization's policy on alcohol sales, would be scrutinized.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: An image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Bryan Stow, center, is shown on the scoreboard before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco on April 8. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters