LA Lakers Win Turns into Riots in the streets of Los Angeles
Last night’s largely peaceful celebration in Downtown LA of the Lakers championship turned into confrontational, violent & destructive behavior.
30+ buildings damaged
8 officers injured
2 injured by less-lethal munitions fired by our officers
MTA bus set on fire.
Videos of the scene showed that when officers first tried to take control of the incident, rioters pushed back at them, chasing at least one police car as it reversed away from violent fans who were kicking it and throwing things at its windows.
The celebration turned violent and became a riot that damaged at least 30 nearby buildings, KTTV reported.
Storefronts were smashed and covered in graffiti.
One video showed a mob attacking a Metro bus that was caught in the spontaneous celebration-turned-riot.
The terrified driver repeatedly honked the horn as Lakers fans smashed the windows, spray-painted graffiti all over the exterior and interior, and eventually set it on fire before the driver fled.
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