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Dodger fans who cause trouble will be arrested, Police Chief Beck and Mayor Villaraigosa say

April 8, 2011 | 11:38 am


L.A. officials on Friday announced a new "zero tolerance" crackdown at Dodger Stadium, saying those who cause trouble can expect to be arrested.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said the Dodgers have agreed to create a computer crime tracking similar to the LAPD's Comstat, which has been successfully used to study crime patterns and develop crime-fighting strategies.

The Dodgers will also pay for more LAPD officers to be out in force at Dodger games, Beck said, saying the officers would be a "constant presence" at games. Season ticket holders who cause problems could have their tickets revoked, he said.

"If you come to intimidate, to antagonize either other fans or fans of another team, we’re going to do one of two things," Beck said. "You’re going to be thrown out of the stadium or you’re going to get to go to jail."

"This is a zero tolerance policy. If you’re coming to Dodger Stadium to cause problem, I advise you to stay home," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
The comments come a week after a Giants fans suffered brain damage after he was beaten by two Dodger fans after opening day at Dodger Stadium. There is now a $150,000 reward in the case, and Villaraigosa urged the suspects to turn themselves in.

"What you did was wrong. It was despicable and senseless, unprovoked. But, make it a little better, by coming forward, by doing what will be looked at in hindsight as doing the civil, right thing when you’ve done wrong," he said.

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said "we are going to redouble our efforts to make sure we fulfill our promise to the fans and all the citizens of the greater Los Angeles area. We are going to provide a safe, family friendly, fan friendly environment at Dodger stadium. I promise you that."

On Thursday, former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton began to assemble a team of security experts to assess the situation at Dodger Stadium.

After coming under heated criticism for his muted response to an attack on opening day that left a Giants fan in a coma, McCourt on Wednesday hired Kroll Associates, the security consulting firm run by Bratton, to make recommendations on improving safety at the stadium.

Bratton, in an interview with The Times, said the team would be looking at a wide range of issues, including lighting in the parking lots, staffing levels of security personnel and the organization's policy on alcohol sales.

A recommendation to curb beer and liquor sales at games would cause a serious conundrum for McCourt, since they typically account for a large portion of profits at sporting venues.

Beck on Thursday announced a plan to significantly increase the number of police officers on patrol during games.


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Photo: Suspects sought by the LAPD in the attack on Giants fan. Credit: LAPD