Los Angeles Police Department doing something I’ve never seen here in LA before – at least not to this extent. For the possibility of the L.A. Kings’ first ever Stanley Cup win, and to prepare and prevent post-victory violence outside Staples, at L.A. Live or in other parts of downtown, streets are being closed. No ticket no can go!
Chick Hearn Court between Figueroa and Georgia streets is set to close before the game starts at 5:40 p.m.
As the game continues, street closures will expand …
north to 7th Street,
south to Washington,
east to Olive and
west to Albany.
“We will be patrolling for crime prevention,” LAPD media relations officer Cleon Joseph said Monday afternoon. “We’re going to have undercover details. We’re going to have field jails, mounted bike units, horse, scalping details. We’re just looking out for every little thing so that we can keep the peace.
Staples and L.A. Live owner AEG, as well as the various restaurants, bars and clubs on the L.A. Live campus, have been asked not to broadcast the game on any of their outside TV monitors. LAPD requested that anybody without a reservation to watch the game inside one of the downtown venues stay out of the area.
These measures were taken in the hopes of preventing the rioting and vandalism that erupted outside Staples when the Lakers won the NBA championship in 2009 and 2010. Trash cans were set on fire, buildings and cars were damaged and dozens were arrested in both of those years.”