LOS ANGELES — Not everybody celebrated peacefully downtown Sunday night after the Los Angeles Lakers won their first NBA championship in a decade.
Police arrested 67 people, with 61 failing to disperse, according to officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Five people were arrested for looting and one person was arrested for vandalism, according to Madison, who also said one police officer received a hand injury from a bottle.
“It would have been nice if there were zero (arrests) and then we could have just celebrated peacefully,’’ he said. “Unfortunately, when it gets to this point, it’s usually because things are getting a little out of control.’’
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Lakers fans celebrate outside of Staples center Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Los Angeles, Calif, after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals to win the championship. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa, AP)
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Thousands of people and motorists jammed the streets during a wild celebration that included illegal fireworks, smoke bombs and drivers of souped-up cars burning rubber.
There were also hundreds of police officers on the scene.
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