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).”
The party’s over for tailgaters at Dodger Stadium. LA Times
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