Riot Video: LAFD Asks Public To Identify Arsonists

The LAFD today sent me a link to unedited video the department recently uploaded onto Youtube.com of criminal activity that was recorded outside Staples Center immediately after the NBA Finals in Los Angeles on June 17.

Criminals Torch Taxi After Lakers NBA Finals Win

(Lakers need to pass the hat for violated cabbie)

The LAFD’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section is asking for individuals who have any information about the rioting criminals in the video to call the department directly at (213) 485-6095.

The mayhem started when taxi driver Abraham Teferi tried to drive away from Staples Center after the game. His vehicle was quickly surrounded by around 40 rioters, and he was soon pulled from his cab. The violent mob then began destroying the taxi before lighting it on fire. (3:20 mark of the video.)

In the video, the arsonists can be heard laughing, cheering and taking photos of themselves in front of the destroyed taxi.

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