Lakers Riot Aftermath: 45 Arrests and Counting

Authorities seek public's help to ID more rioters

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010  |  Updated 1:46 PM PDT
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From LAFD's YouTube page: "This unedited video (viewable in full-screen HD) shows acts of vandalism and arson in Los Angeles following the NBA Finals on June 17, 2010. If you have information regarding persons seen in this video, or other acts of arson anywhere in Los Angeles, please call the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at 213-485-6095."

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So far, at least 45 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the riots after the Lakers Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics, according to a report.

Charges include arson, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and vandalism, the Los Angeles Times reported:

"At this event, and other events, we are leveraging technology not only to see the incidents but to capture images of those responsible," said LAPD Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, noting the public has proven very helpful in aiding police in identifying those responsible for criminal behavior. "We will see you and we will find you."

Misdemeanors were filed Monday against 10 men accused of vandalism.

Authorities are not finished making arrests. The day after the game, the Los Angeles Fire Department uploaded video to YouTube of the unruly mob that smashed and burned a taxicab outside of Staples Center. As of Tuesday, the video had generated almost 300,000 hits.

Accompanying the video is a plea to those who can identify the participants to call the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section at 213-485-6095.

"In the age of phone cameras and digital video devices, it has in  essence deputized the public in fighting crime," Lt. Paul Vernon told The  Times."It has added to the maxim that police are the public and the public are  the police."

The Los Angeles Police Department is continuing to sift through hundreds of images from surveillance video, news footage and police cameras, as well as social media websites, trying to identify suspects.

As for cab that was burned, Staples Center owner AEG has pledged to give the driver of the cab, Abraham Teferi, $10,000.

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