LAPD Arrests 67 People During Lakers' Championship Celebration

The story of the Los Angeles Lakers winning their 17th NBA championship was coated with success, tragedy, miring through the COVID-19 pandemic, and unjust police shootings.

And the Lakers’ fans will also have a story to tell, at least 67 of them for sure.

Police arrested 67 people, with 61 failing to disperse, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Five people were arrested for looting and one person was arrested for vandalism, according to Madison, who also said one police officer received a hand injury from a bottle.

“It would have been nice if there were zero (arrests) and then we could have just celebrated peacefully,’’ Madison said. “Unfortunately, when it gets to this point, it’s usually because things are getting a little out of control.’’

Thousands of people gathered outside Staples Center after the Lakers beat the Miami Heat in the bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times that officers fired "beanbag rounds'' and a few officers on horseback worked to push the crowd away from Staples Center, where the Lakers usually play. The large gathering fractured into several groups before some of the people were detained.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti discouraged public gatherings to celebrate the win, instead urging fans to cheer on the team from home.

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