The Los Angeles Dodgers opened a two-game series against the San Francisco Giants last night. It's the first home game match-up between the two teams since two men brutally attacked Giants fan Bryan Stow more than a month ago.
LAPD officers were out in force to ensure fan safety – and to step up their investigation.
LAPD Captain John Sherman said cadets distributed wanted fliers that displayed composite sketches of the two men who allegedly beat Stow.
“Maybe jog someone’s memory," Sherman said. "Maybe get somebody that was here maybe on opening day to recall something that might help us find and capture the perpetrators.”
LAPD officers patrolled the area in cars, on horseback and on bikes.
Dodgers fan Ken Whitlock of Jacksonville Florida attended the game. He said he didn’t mind the heavy police presence.
“Police are doing a good job. I was here Monday night watching the game and police escorted us in," said Whitlock. "A sport is a sport and there’s no cause for fighting.”
Some fans who wore Giants jerseys said they experienced no problems last night.
Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, opened his eyes yesterday. Until recently, doctors kept him in a medically-induced coma. The reward for information that leads to the arrest of his attackers exceeds $200,000.
Authorities say they've put up 300 billboards around Dodger Stadium and throughout L.A. The signs show the police sketches of the suspects.