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LAPD was out in full force in Downtown LA following the LA Kings' Stanley Cup victory, but police say with six arrests total, the reveling fans were peaceful, respectful and celebrated with class. Robert Kovacik reports from outside Staples Center for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 11, 2012.
On top of a historic Stanley Cup win, LA Kings fans can heap praise from the LAPD, which said the ecstatic crowd was “very peaceful” and “well-behaved” as they celebrated their first NHL championship on home ice Monday night.
“The good news is, it was a really cooperative crowd, a little boisterous here and there but nothing got lit on fire, no cars got damaged, no vandalism that we know of,” said Capt. Andy Smith with LAPD.
Before the clock ran down to zero, LAPD was on tactical alert.
The streets around Staples Center were cleared by 11 p.m. Monday. Police said around 9:30 a group of people were rocking an MTA bus then threw bottles at LAPD, prompting officers to fire rubber bullets at the crowd gathered near Ninth and Figueroa streets.
“I think you could say the LAPD are big fans of the Kings fans. They did a great job out here tonight; very peaceful, very good crowd. Everybody was well-behaved and we’re really proud of them.”
Crying in the aisles of the Staples Center, dancing in the streets outside, Kings fans had an emotional Monday night, but police said they were able to revel with respect.
Police said six people were arrested Monday night, a figure that seemed to impress law enforcement and kept Kings’ fans celebrations going.
“One word: Go Kings!” said one fan.
An LA Sheriff’s squad car was seen leaving the Staples Center displaying an LA Kings flag waving out of its back window.