One man’s eye “exploded” and another lost eight teeth during the riotous celebration of the LA Lakers NBA championship Sunday, with police now under fire for their aggressive response to the unrest outside the Staples Center, according to a report.
The injuries were among several reported due to the Los Angeles Police Department’s continued use of “hard-foam” projectiles to quell riots, a controversial tactic that critics say has left demonstrators with bloodied eyes, head wounds and damaged testicles, the LA Times reported.
On Sunday, at least three people were hospitalized with head wounds, including 25-year-old Manuel Barrientos, a part-time photographer who lost eight teeth and part of his lip when he was shot in the mouth, the Times said.
“He turned around, stepped out into the street to take a picture with his camera, and that’s when he felt something hit him,” his brother, Jose Meza, told the outlet. “When he looked down, he saw a little piece of