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Just four arrested outside LA Kings game; LAPD deems it a success

By Andrew Lopez
Published: Thursday, June 07, 2012, at 04:55PM
Staples Center Renovations Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Only four people were arrested during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, LAPD said.

Aside from a few unruly fans, LAPD said they were mostly pleased with the crowd at Staples Center for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

While the L.A Kings lost 3 to 1 to the New Jersey Devils inside Staples, two people were arrested outside on suspicion of battery, one person for allegedly shoplifting and another for public intoxication, Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.

"That's very low," Lopez said.

Though it's not uncommon for people to enjoy a few drinks during a game at Staples, Lopez said the person arrested for allegedly being drunk in public was warned several times and likely uncooperative with officers.

“It takes a lot to get booked on a charge like this," Lopez said.

The person was likely held about four hours before being released, Lopez said. The time allows them to get sober and sleep it off, he said.

The two battery charges were of two separate incidents, Lopez said, and they were reported by citizens. Battery can be anything from "unwelcome touching" to punching and kicking. If at all, only very minor injuries were sustained, he said.

AEG's vice president of communications Michael Roth credited responsible Kings fans and the LAPD for the success of last nights game. The game was another example of the strong partnership between AEG, L.A. Live and LAPD, he said.

Capt. Horace Frank told blogdowntown Tuesday that LAPD was going to have a "very visible presence" at the game last night and they were ready for possible celebrations in case the Kings swept the Devils on Wednesday.

LAPD took preventive measures as well, which included asking L.A. Live officials not to show the game on the large outdoor screens that had caused problems in the past because of the large crowds that gathered, Lopez said.

If New Jersey wins Game 5 on Saturday, the series will shift back to Los Angeles for Game 6 on Monday. That game would employ techniques similar to Wednesday's plan, in preparation of the Kings winning the championship, Lopez said.


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