Heavy police presence as Kings go for Stanley Cup win
LA Live was filling up again Wednesday afternoon for the Kings Stanley Cup final -- this time with a more noticeable police presence.
Officers on foot, bicycle and horseback patrolled the area as Kings fans congregated before tonight's game.
Overhead an LAPD chopper could be heard circling.
Many of the bars and restaurants were filling up. A huge line snaked outside the ESPN Zone.
LAPD Capt. John Incontro, one of hundreds of officers on the scene, said it was possible LA Live could be closed down if the area became too crowded.
"We're just saying hi and making our presence known," he said. "So far there's been no issue."
He added that the department had reviewed past incidents near Staples to develop a plan for the evening. He said officers would be patrolling five blocks east and south to Washington Bouelvard.
-- Sam Allen at Staples Center
Photo:Los Angeles Police officers apprehend a man for allegedly stealing hats out of an LA Live store as crowds arrive for game four of the Stanley Cup finals. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times