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Heavy LAPD presence at L.A. Live as Kings battle for Stanley Cup

Fans gather outside Staples Center Monday
As the Kings and Devils battled for the Stanley Cup inside Staples Center on Monday evening, Los Angeles police ramped up their presence to prevent outbreaks of violence or other illegal behavior.

Many fans couldn't help but notice the multitude of Los Angeles Police Department officers on bicycles, and foot patrols saturated the plaza.

"I don't exactly love them here, but I know they're just preempting a riot," said Duncan McRae, 50, of Bellflower.

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McRae thought the heavy police presence was "overkill."

But Kinninger Paola, who'd traveled from Guadalajara, Mexico, to catch the finals, said the officers made her feel more secure.

Outside a Starbucks, a small LAPD bomb squad was on standby in case of any suspicious packages or explosives.

"Unfortunately, in today's era, we always have the possibility of some sort of item," said Det. Ron Capra, supervisor of the squad.

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-- Melissa Leu at Staples Center

Photo: Boisterous Kings fans gather at Staples Center, where police had bolstered their presence to prevent unruly behavior. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

 
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