Lakers Fans Riot After Finals Win
Seventy-six arrested, eight police injured after Lakers Finals victory celebration turns chaotic.
Over 30 buildings, businesses vandalized.
Chaos erupted Sunday night after Los Angeles Lakers fans took to the streets to celebrate the team’s NBA Finals victory.
#BREAKING: Thousands of #Lakers fans have converged on Staples Center. Mostly peaceful, except for a small group throwing rocks and bottles at LAPD. Officers now in riot gear as the celebration continues. @abc7 #air7hd #abc7eyewitness #lakersnation #losangeles pic.twitter.com/WlqXyboAlx
— Chris Cristi (@abc7chriscristi) October 12, 2020
Seventy-six people were arrested after a giant crowd of fans outside the Staples Center turned unruly, with fights breaking out, buildings and businesses being vandalized, and cops being pelted with rocks.
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Eight officers were treated for injuries and two members of the crowd were taken to hospitals after being injured by so-called less lethal munitions fired by officers, the statement said.
Footage from local media shows looters attacked a Starbucks in downtown Los Angeles:
Fans taunted and attacked police cars, as they attempted to quell the violence:
Police resorted to rubber bullets and tear gas to deter unruly fans:
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