The sight of scalpers hawking tickets outside of Dodger Stadium is a common sight, with the scalpers lining up along Elysian Park Avenue and Stadium Way and dashing into traffic near the ballpark entrances to make a deal. Police have tried numerous tactics to keep them away but the ticket sellers keep coming back. Now, L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is pursuing a new legal strategy against scalpers that is often used to keep violent gangs and drug dealers out of certain neighborhoods: court injunctions. The L.A. Times reports that Trutanich is seeking a court injunction to keep 17 “prolific scalpers” from hawking tickets near Dodger Stadium and several other sports and entertainment venues. What criminal threat do the scalpers pose to warrant an injunction? The Times explains:
In court papers, prosecutors accuse scalpers of endangering citizens, creating traffic hazards and diverting scarce police resources. “Defendants personally act as magnets for theft, robbery, and crimes of violence,” the filing states. “Areas with high levels of illegal ticket sales have disproportionately high levels of theft, robbery, crimes of violence and narcotics sales and use.” The court filing also claims that scalpers are “unfair competition” for legitimate ticket-selling vendors.
In the case of Dodger Stadium, scalpers would be banned from Sunset Boulevard on the south to Riverside Drive on the north, said the Times.