Activists push for investigation into alcohol consumption at Dodger games following Giants fan beating

Dodger Stadium on April 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Dodger Stadium on April 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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A coalition of activists called on state officials today to investigate reported excessive alcohol use at Dodger Stadium. The group claims that beer sales may have played a role in the brutal attack of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow.

Activists held a news conference near the ballpark. They're asking state leaders to officially investigate what they describe as a growing problem of unruly fan behavior and drunkenness at Dodger games.

The group has sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown to request an audit of the state department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, also known as ABC. The agency monitors and enforces alcohol control.

ABC has defended its inspection record. Its officials reportedly claim that no one has filed a complaint about alcohol abuse or the overselling of booze at Dodger Stadium.

Activists say that’s a no-brainer, given the media coverage on the issue – and the role alcohol may have played in the Stow attack on Dodgers opening day. Coalition members say they’ll continue to hold meetings and push for more regulation.