Dodgers Win World Series Sparking Coronavirus, Crime Concerns

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You just knew things in Los Angeles were going to get a little bit hairy following the Dodgers won the World Series win. The Los Angeles Police Department early Wednesday was working to disperse crowds in the downtown area following the first MLB World Series win by the Dodgers in decades.

Amid reports people were breaking into stores, police declared an unlawful assembly before 1 a.m. local time and gave dispersal orders in the downtown area of 8th to Pico and Broadway to Figueroa. No arrests were immediately announced by authorities.

“We are still dealing with a large, and at times unruly, crowd in the Downtown L.A. area,” the LAPD tweeted. “There are several street closures and areas of heavy traffic congestion. Please stay clear of the DTLA area and expect a large police presence.”

Following the 3-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays, Dodgers fans formed an impromptu parade downhill from the stadium on Sunset Boulevard, honking and cheering, the Los Angeles Times reported. Some people lit fireworks to celebrate the win, as others climbed traffic lights, and drivers were seen doing burnouts in the middle of intersections, according to the newspaper.

Earlier in the night the police department headquarters’ official account tweeted a video message to all Angelenos from retired American sportscaster Vin Scully, who is best known for his 67 seasons calling games for the Dodgers, beginning in 1950 and ending in 2016.


“Well, the word is out. The Dodgers are world champions, and I know you want to celebrate like everybody else but let’s do it properly,” Scully said in the video. “Let’s do it the way the Dodgers did with pride in themselves and pride in our great city. Let’s show the rest of the country that we know how to celebrate the proper way. So, congratulations to the ball club. Congratulations to you, and, together, let’s celebrate the right way in honor of our city and of the Dodgers. Go Dodgers.”

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department had warned those celebrating the win to adhere to appropriate COVID-19 health guidelines.

Los Angeles, like other major metropolitan cities, is preparing for election-related protests, civil unrest and possible violence on or around Nov. 3rd. This was just a dry run.

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