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Foam rubber batons are used to disperse crowds.
Though Kings victory celebrations were generally pretty tame last night, one incident ended in police using foam rubber baton rounds to send celebrants scattering.
According to LAPD Commander Andy Smith, a group of troublemakers that police had been keeping their eyes on started banging on a city bus, trying to break its windows and possibly flip it over.
So officers fired a 37mm gas gun — essentially a barrel you can shoot different kinds of things out of — filled with packs of black, rubber, barrel-shaped pellets. The pellets look, ironically, like small hockey pucks, but are apparently much softer and squishier, with a consistency akin to a ball of athletic tape. When they're shot, there's a flash of light and a bang. The rounds are fired at the ground and bounce indiscriminately. If they hit a person, ideally in the legs, they sting and can leave a bruise.
L.A. Kings hockey fan Mark Hollister looks to buy last minute tickets for Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Scalpers with fake tickets will ice your dream of seeing Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, say police, who are warning Kings fans to be careful about bogus tickets.
Scalpers with fake tickets will ice your dream of seeing Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, say police, who are warning Kings fans to be careful about buying tickets off the street for Monday's game.
The LA Kings could capture their first Stanley Cup title if they emerge victorious in Game 6 over the New Jersey Devils. Authorities are concerned that the excitement may produce an increased flurry of forged tickets around the Staples Center.
"People are pretty clever with Photoshop and the other computer things you can do now, and they’ll get a real ticket, or they’ll get a facsimile of a real ticket, and they’ll go ahead make a pretty good reproduction of it," LAPD Commander Andy Smith told KPCC's Ashley Bailey.
"We’ll have families come in, put down 400 dollars a ticket, to the tune of $2,000 in one case, and will try and get through the box office with the tickets and find out that they’re worthless," said Smith who took in six reports of fake tickets at last week's game.
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Davis Drewiske #44 of the Los Angeles Kings warms up against the New Jersey Devils during Game Two of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final.
Los Angeles, a hockey town with a movie star problem, welcomes Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Staples Center on Monday night where the L.A. Kings hope to skate into a 3-0 game lead against the N.J. Devils.
The puck drops here at 5 p.m. (PST), forcing sports fans to compete with evening commuters in a battle for lane domination across the city.
Instead of playing king of the road, athletic supporters are encouraged to make public transportation their goal. Metro is preparing for the expected increase in riders.
"During the playoffs a few weeks ago we noticed an increase in ridership...we're expecting a repeat tonight," Metro spokesperson Rick Jager told KPCC. "We'll have personnel out there and expect crowds to accumulate," he said.
Depending on the demand, the transit authority may implement "added train service" at nearby stations to help get people home faster when the game lets out, Jager said. Additional service would mean more cars per train, not an increase in departure frequency, he explained.