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Violence at Candlestick Park, Dodger Stadium spurs legislation

August 23, 2011 |  8:32 am

Candlestick Park violence

A state assemblyman says he's working on legislation that would deter violence at sporting events.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) cited the weekend violence at Candlestick Park, where two people were shot in the parking lot and another was beaten unconscious in a stadium bathroom during a Oakland Raiders-San Francisco 49ers game, as a motive for his effort.

He also cited the Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium in March, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was severely beaten and suffered brain damage at the Dodgers' home opener in March. Two men have been arrested in the case.

"There are many things worth fighting for," Gatto said in a statement. "The fact that someone wore a rival sports franchise's jersey to a game isn't one of them."

In the wake of the incidents, both venues vowed to beef up security.


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Photo: Police investigate a shooting in the Candlestick Park parking lot. Credit: Michael Macor / San Francisco Chronicle