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Officers fire projectiles at Lakers fans after being attacked

June 17, 2010 | 10:23 pm

One of the most dramatic clashes between Los Angeles police officers and unruly Lakers fans occurred at Figueroa Street and Venice Boulevard, prompting police to fire less-than-lethal rounds.

The officers arrived as revelers tried to overturn a city parking enforcement vehicle. The officers raised their rifles and fired the less-than-lethal rounds toward the crowd, some of whom had set fire to several orange cones.

On the LAPD's tactical frequency, officers at the intersection were heard requesting permission to fire  projectiles at a group of men throwing chunks of concrete at them. The permission was granted.

It's unclear whether any officers or fans were hurt.

Witnesses said fans threw bottles at police officers and set several small fires in the area.

A few blocks away, crowds had broken display windows at several local businesses.

At least nine people were arrested, but that number is expected to grow.

--Sam Allen and Joel Rubin