Arrests from NBA Championship Riots Rose to 76, Says LAPD

Arrests from NBA Championship Riots Rose to 76, Says LAPD

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) issued a statement on Monday saying the violence that broke out in the city following the LA Lakers winning the NBA championship on Sunday resulted in 76 arrests.

The LAPD statement reads:

What started out as a largely peaceful celebration of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship in downtown Los Angeles, turned into confrontational, violent and destructive behavior late last night. A crowd of more than 1,000 revelers descended into the area around Staples Center after the game. Unruly individuals mixed within the crowd began throwing glass bottles, rocks, and other projectiles at officers. That is when an unlawful assembly was declared, and only a limited number of people complied and began to disperse. A larger portion of the group broke off and began vandalizing businesses while continuing to engage in violent behavior, some aimed at responding officers.

In total, 76 individuals were arrested

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