Update on Dodger home opener: police make 132 arrests

Most of the arrests – which took place during the entire day – were for drinking in public, said Capt. William Murphy of the LAPD Northeast Division. The arrests were made as part of a more aggressive city response to drinking in public and illegal parking during Dodger tail gate parties in Elysian Park and areas surrounding Dodger Stadium. Murphy said police also responded to illegal scalping and vendor sales as well parking and moving violations.

Many Echo Park residents complained today about the noise and traffic generated by Dodger fans who began to gather in Elysian Park as early as 6 AM, more than six hours in advance of the game. But Murphy, in an email, said that an earlier response by police reduced problems compared to last year. “It went very well. No major incidents. By starting earlier (we roll called first shift at 3am), we were able to control the parks and prevent double parking. We strictly enforced drinking in public and kicked everyone out of the parks until sunrise (when its legal).”

Related story:
The party’s over for tailgaters at Dodger Stadium. LA Times

Photo by Echo Park resident


  1. Oh like they were in "control" during the riots, just like then, the police response was lackluster.

  2. There's something very odd about the police out in force before the game and nowhere to be seen after. With hours and hours of traffic, drunk people streaming into cars or getting more drunk at area bars, I would think that police presence after the game would be at least noticeable. I didn't see a cop after 5pm.

  3. "We strickly enforced drinking in public and kicked everyone out of the parks until sunrise (when its legal)." Police did walk throughs at least TWICE and then at 4:45 AM they kicked everyone out until 5 AM when the park "opened". They were making rules up as they went along being just inefficient! I'll admit my bias as being a member of the pre-game park crew – but we've never had problems in the park…the problems have always come from the stadium parking lots.

  4. Wait – police responded to illegal vendor sales? In the park?? Interesting…

  5. Without commenting upon the specific aspects of the comments above, it is interesting to see the divergent views of the police action. It's often a fine line to tread when addressing quality of life issues, in determining a course of action. Fortunately no one was injured, and this opening day is beyond us. Go Dodgers.Wes(213) 484-344125214@lapd.lacity.org

  6. That's it. Solve the problem by arresting dozens of bewildered Dodger fans to demonstrate "command presence" by the local gendarmes. Sounds like the bad old rule crazy LAPD. But after all, the Dodger owning erstwhile Royal McCourt Couple need the liquor sales inside the stadium, since they only made $600,000,000 in four years and paid no taxes, so they must need to put the arm on those imbibing outside. All this while murders go unsolved due to lack of overtime for investigating detectives and former LA Mayor Rich Riordan darkly hints of bankruptcy for the City of Angels. So far, looks to be a long, hot summer.

  7. Police officers should not close the only one way from solano ave school to echo park area on the opening day of doger game .It takes more than one hour to get home for bringing kids to school .It is absulutely sad for police officer s to do that to residential community !!!!!!!!!!!

  8. The park was a disaster after the game. It was really sad. If the fans can't clean up after themselves, with the budget shortfalls and threats of less police, I think they should just close the park on Dodger day. I hated seeing the mess that was left behind and all the extra people having to clean up. It was pathetic. Make the McCourts pay for the clean up. I'd rather see the park closed down for Dodger day than have libraries closed. 🙁 If the fans don't have respect for the park, the people of LA and really, themselves, then they shouldn't get to use the park!

  9. Its just the LAPD trying to make more money for the city, its not about fighting crime even though their captains tell them that in their meetings before they head out to harass the citizens trying to have a good time. They go out there to over-enforce the law in the name of making money.

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