The official numbers are in from Sunday night’s celebration in Los Angeles after the Lakers won the NBA title. What started off as people reacting to LeBron winning a title for Kobe soon turned to “confrontational, violent and destructive behavior,” according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The LAPD reports 76 people were arrested, 30-plus buildings damaged, eight officers were injured and received medical treatment, and two people were injured by “less lethal munitions fired by our officers.”
“Unruly individuals mixed within the crowd began throwing glass bottles, rocks, and other projectiles at officers,” the department said in a statement. “That is when an unlawful assembly was declared, and only a limited number of people complied and began to disperse. A larger portion of the group broke off and began vandalizing businesses while continuing to engage in violent behavior, some aimed at responding officers.”
More than 30 buildings and establishments were damaged during the night, the department reports.
Lakers fans trashing police cars pic.twitter.com/Koi9Rk5jvr
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 12, 2020
In the second video, you’ll see Lakers fans looting a Starbucks during their celebration:
#BREAKING: Thousands of #Lakers fans have converged on Staples Center. Mostly peaceful, except for a small group throwing rocks and bottles at LAPD. Officers now in riot gear as the celebration continues. @abc7 #air7hd #abc7eyewitness #lakersnation #losangeles pic.twitter.com/WlqXyboAlx
— Chris Cristi (@abc7chriscristi) October 12, 2020
A huge Lakers celebration ended in looting and vandalism after last night’s NBA Championship win. 76 people arrested by LAPD and 30+ buildings were damaged. @GDLA @FOXLA #Lakers pic.twitter.com/Z1Q6gM3M5t
— Mario Ramirez (@MarioFOXLA) October 12, 2020
Someone throws fireworks at police pic.twitter.com/9RNMxyZfd0
— Samuel Braslow (@SamBraslow) October 12, 2020