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Huntington Park Police dispersing rowdy World Cup crowd

June 17, 2010 |  4:11 pm
Police in Huntington Park on Thursday afternoon were trying to disperse a rowdy crowd of soccer fans that hurled rocks at cars and were drinking in the streets after Mexico's World Cup victory over France.

The crowds started forming along Pacific Boulevard and Saturn Avenue about 3 p.m. and were ordered by officers to disperse, said Sgt. John Navarrette of the Huntington Park Police Department. People started going into the streets shortly after Mexico's 2-0 victory.

"We have an emergency operation in effect," he said, adding that officers were trying to break up the throng of revelers by following them, forcing them to break into smaller groups and go home.

He said officers witnessed people rocking cars. No arrests had been made.

About 4 p.m., people were moving in and around the streets adjacent to Pacific Boulevard, police said.

-- Robert J. Lopez