Crime & Justice

Dodgers vs Mets: LAPD beefing up security for Thursday's game after parking lot attack

File: A police officer walks past a concession stand on the Dodger Stadium promenade.
File: A police officer walks past a concession stand on the Dodger Stadium promenade.
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File: A police officer walks past a concession stand on the Dodger Stadium promenade.
File: Los Angeles Police Department patrol cars are deployed at Dodger Stadium prior to the start of a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14, 2011 in L.A.
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Los Angeles police say they'll be out in force during Thursday night's playoff game at Dodger Stadium against the New York Mets. This follows news that a fight outside the stadium after the series opening game on Friday left a man in critical condition. 

"Literally hundreds of Los Angeles police will be out there, both in uniform and undercover," said LAPD Commander Andrew Smith.

"We have them dressed in undercover gear so they look just like a fan of one or another team's, so people will never know whether the person standing next to them with a Mets jersey is an LAPD officer or not," he said.

Smith said the department had planned for a heavy deployment of officers at the game even before Friday's fight, but he added that the LAPD is "always reevaluating our security plan" at the stadium based on new information. 

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced Tuesday that officers were reviewing video from the scene and were looking for two suspects: a 40-to-50-year-old woman and a man in his 20s — believed to be a mother and son — in the attack.

"We've got plenty of leads and our detectives are working diligently, but we have not made an arrest so far," Smith said.

Friday's attack brought up memories of the 2011 attack on Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan who was left paralyzed after a fight in the stadium's parking lot.

Two men were convicted for that attack, which prompted promises from Dodgers officials that they would beef up security at L.A. games. 

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