As I told you last night from ground zero of the post-Lakers Los Angeles riot, the LAPD was woefully understaffed to control the crowd. When I was there, before sundown, the crowd was relatively peaceable. But that’s when there were still actual fans celebrating the team’s accomplishment.
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The looting and destruction that later ensued had nothing to do with the Lakers - the perpetrators could’ve cared less about the earlier events in Orlando. I actually was mistaken last night when I implied that most of the bad acts had trucked in from East L.A. and Compton. Turns out, East L.A. had its own, uneventful turnout and South Central was also all quiet.
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The bad acts downtown were mainly local Latinos living in surrounding neighborhoods, with much of the criminal activity, which went largely unchecked by the LAPD, meted out by illegal alien gang members. (LAPD Chief William Bratton made that clear on Monday.)
Next up is the victory parade on Wednesday. It’ll cost upwards of $2M in taxpayer funds to pay for the *festivities*, which will stretch from Staples to the L.A. Coliseum. Of course, that route also happens to run right through Latino gang neighborhoods. The same neighborhoods that hoodlums spilled out of and into Sunday night’s debacle. Yay!
If all that doesn’t have you ready to pack a lunch and pull up a lawn chair on Figueroa, then you just aren’t a true Laker fan. (And your three-day waiting period isn’t up.) Read more…