LeBron’s Lakers Win Title & Thousands Of Fans Ignore Virus Restrictions While Some Riot
Los Angeles Lakers fans partied outside the Staples Center, with few masks to be seen, after the team won their first title in over a decade. The “largely peaceful” crowd brawled, attacked the police, and looted local stores.
The scene outside of Staples Center right now. Be safe. pic.twitter.com/NBHH1exGT3
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 12, 2020
Starbucks looted last night and vandalized during the riots related to the Lakers championship celebration in Downtown Los Angeles. Reports state that at least 5 alleged looters were arrested at this store. pic.twitter.com/Q5KcXgvmfY
— Rise Images (@rise_images) October 12, 2020
Fans go after a police car after the Lakers championship pic.twitter.com/d4AMTMj1O1
— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) October 12, 2020
LATEST: The Los Angeles Lakers run past Heat to win the 17th #NBA championship.
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) October 12, 2020
If you can't tell the difference between a riot and the Lakers winning the NBA championship, you are definitely in Los Angeles.pic.twitter.com/UrmzOy87zM
— Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) October 12, 2020
To the credit of the police in LA, we didn’t see the weak response there that we’ve seen in places like Portland. They did clear the streets.
Once again after the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA finals, riots fill the streets outside the Staples Center. … The police soon responded with riot gear and shots of tear gas which were thrown into the mass of hysterical … #NBA pic.twitter.com/MJPb6QXrGq
— H24 (@H24News_) October 12, 2020
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 pic.twitter.com/BZ2nYWHz3c
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) October 12, 2020
Here’s how the Bleacher Report described what happened,
Once again after the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA finals, riots fill the streets outside the Staples Center. The mob started as a few intoxicated and rowdy Lakers fans began throwing beer bottles and other “projectiles” at uniformed police officers that swarmed the arena.
The few isolated incidents soon grew to a large mob of sports fans which soon made their way down the streets of Los Angeles turning over police cars and breaking into local businesses. Some innocent bystanders became injured in the incident as the hoard came rushing down the streets.
The police soon responded with riot gear and shots of tear gas which were thrown into the mass of hysterical fans. In all, the damage was that was caused that night was in the millions…
Although it’s great that the police eventually cleared the riot, it’s worth asking why the rioting fans were allowed to gather in the first place. The Constitution may guarantee the “right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” but it doesn’t say anything about massive groups of people gathering in the streets to celebrate a team winning a championship.
Under normal circumstances, a crowd celebrating an NBA championship with few masks to be seen wouldn’t be a big deal, but given the tight Coronavirus restrictions on Los Angeles, it makes you wonder why they get special treatment. Los Angeles has a mask mandate. They encourage people not to allow visitors to their homes. Barbershops are allowed to open at 25% capacity while nail salons & massage therapists aren’t allowed to offer services indoors. Tattoo parlors aren’t even allowed to operate outdoors. K-12 schools are closed. Even churches aren’t even allowed to have indoor services, but if thousands of morons without facemasks want to gather to scream in each other’s faces after the Lakers win, that’s completely fine. At a minimum, LA should be evenly applying the law and it’s okay for thousands of people to have a street party that turns into a riot, it should be okay for businesses and churches to be open to the public.