• LeBron's Lakers Win Title. Thousands Of Fans Ignore Virus Restrictions,

    From Ubiquitous@21:1/5 to All on Mon Oct 12 10:02:15 2020
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    On Sunday night, after LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA
    title, thousands of fans of the team celebrated outside the Los Angeles
    Staples Center, but things turned ugly when some members of the crowd
    targeted police, hurling rocks and bottles at them.

    Despite the coronavirus restrictions placed on public activity in
    California and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urging fans to stay home
    and avoid congregating, fans ignored the warnings and gathered en

    “LAPD went into tactical alert and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly,” KABC reported. “Cars were seen performing ‘donuts’ and
    ‘burnouts,’ some cars were swarmed by fans in the streets. Multiple
    fireworks were set off and there were isolated reports of small groups
    throwing rocks and bottles at police.”

    On Friday, Garcetti stated that fans should not jeopardize “all the
    progress we have made in our fight against COVID-19 isn’t reversed from
    one night of celebration. I encourage you to yell at the top of your
    lungs inside your homes, maybe even open up the window or step outside
    your door as we’ve done for our first responders and essential medical
    workers to thank them. Let’s thank the Lakers when they win, but let’s
    do it safe,” The Daily Mail noted.

    Some fans trashed police cars:

    “The mob started as a few intoxicated and rowdy Lakers fans began
    throwing beer bottles and other ‘projectiles’ at uniformed police
    officers that swarmed the arena,” Bleacher Report noted. “The few
    isolated incidents soon grew to a large mob of sports fans which soon
    made their way down the streets of Los Angeles turning over police cars
    and breaking into local businesses. Some innocent bystanders became
    injured in the incident as the horde came rushing down the streets.”

    Lakers fans have rioted after Lakers’ championships before. After the
    Lakers won the 2000 NBA title, CBS News reported: “Fans celebrating the
    Lakers’ first championship in 12 years set two police cars on fire and destroyed two other vehicles, including a TV news van. Businesses were vandalized, and fans threw rocks at baton-wielding lines of police. At
    least 12 injuries were reported.” Then-mayor Richard Riordan responded,
    “There was glory tonight and there was sadness. I condemn the
    lawlessness of so-called fans who destroyed property and endangered the
    safety of fans and families in the vicinity. Even though the unrest did
    not spread citywide, it was reprehensible nonetheless.”

    After the Lakers won the NBA title in 2009, The Daily Mail reported:
    “Crowds gathered outside the Los Angeles’ Staples Center after the game
    with some fans damaging police cruisers, hurling fireworks, throwing
    rocks and bottles at officers and setting bonfires in the street. …
    Several police cruisers were damaged and reinforcement officers were
    called in from throughout the city to help disperse the crowd … Aerial television footage showed people jumping on a police car, rocking
    vehicles attempting to pass through the crowd, setting small trees on
    fire and throwing fireworks and flares set up by police.”

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