Lakers riot: 25 arrested in Los Angeles championship riots

Published June 15th, 2009 - 08:53 GMT

More than 1,000 fans took to the streets outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California after the Lakers clinched the NBA Championship in Orlando, Florida against the Magic Sunday night.  Though the game was not shown for fans in the arena itself, many fans squeezed into sports bars and restaurants in downtown Los Angeles to watch the deciding Game 5 of the NBA Finals.   When fans took to the streets following the game, joyous celebrations quickly turned into violent riots.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, at least 25 people were arrested during the riots.  People were seen jumping on police cars, setting of fireworks and flares, and cheering on passing vehicles in nearby streets.  Arrests were made for disturbing the peace, looting, and arson.  LAPD Chief William Bratton applauded his fellow officers for dealing with the increasingly dangerous situation.   “It’s not easy to stand there when cowards in the middle of the crowd are throwing rocks and bottles at them,” he said.
The victory parade for the Lakers’ 15th NBA Championship is scheduled for Wednesday.

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