Sunday, June 14, 2009

Laker Win Turns Quite a Bit Rowdy

Just imagine what the crowds might have been like Downtown had the Lakers won the NBA title here at home. But they didn't, and despite some craziness down there, things didn't get too out of hand. Or did it? KABC's John North said he believed that it had turned into a "full-blown riot." North said at least one rock was thrown at the Channel 7 crew; the station's truck "was attacked," he added.

Nonetheless, according to the LAPD, only about eight people were arrested. Chief Bratton called them "knuckleheads." (Apparently he'd just returned from the 1950s.)

Above, people light a bonfire in the middle of the street between Staples Center and L.A. Live. I prefer to think of this as a protest against that complex. ("And this is for turning the courtyard away from Figueroa and plastering crass advertising all over it!")

Things looked pretty hairy in other parts of L.A. as well, as at least one gas station was looted, and crowds shook up cars.

Blogdowntown has more details, including info on the looted gas station and sneaker store, as well as the Coffee Bean location that now has a smashed window.

The Lakers will hold parade celebration on Wednesday at 11 a.m., starting at the Staples Center and heading down to the L.A. Coliseum.

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