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LAPD fires less-than-lethal rounds at rowdy Kings fans downtown

June 11, 2012 | 10:23 pm

LAPD officers near Staples Center after the Kings' Stanley Cup win
Los Angeles police fired less-than-lethal rounds at a rowdy crowd of Kings fans Monday night as they were trying to rock an MTA bus, police at the scene said.

The crowd, described as more than 100 people, had been pushed to 9th and Figueroa streets from Staples Center, where they had gathered after the Kings' historic Stanley Cup victory.

Bottles were thrown at some officers before the less-than-lethal rounds were used. An officer at the scene said the weapons are specifically designed for crowd control.

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The officer, who declined to give his name, said the crowd dispersed quickly after the rounds were fired.

Los Angeles police said Kings fans outside Staples Center were generally well-behaved Monday night as officers continued to clear the streets along Figueroa. Late Monday, police said streets in the area had been cleared.

Earlier, the LAPD credited fans with generally being well-behaved.

"The bottom line is this was a really good crowd, and they celebrated as normal adults do," said Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andrew Smith as he stood near a wall of officers in riot gear on Figueroa.

At least six people had been arrested Monday night for alleged crimes including ticket scalping and aggravated assault against a pregnant woman, police said.

David Guiterrez, 31, a Rialto resident, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting the pregnant woman at Figueroa and 11th streets, according to police.

Joseph Nelson, 59, was arrested on suspicion of ticket scalping, the LAPD said. Nelson allegedly had a wad of counterfeit Game 6 tickets and $1,000 in his pocket, said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith.

Another person was arrested inside Staples Center for battery after he was dancing provactively and rubbing up against a female security guard, according to the LAPD. A fourth arrest was for public drunkenness.


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Photo: Police line up near L.A. Live after the Kings' victory. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times