April 19, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer says members of a crowd celebrating the Lakers' NBA championship have damaged a police cruiser and were setting bonfires in the street.
LAPD officers have declared the increasingly rowdy crowd gathered near the Staples Center an unlawful assembly.
Officer Karen Rayner says one or two police cruisers were damaged
Aerial video footage shown on KCAL-TV showed people jumping on a
police car and throwing flares set up by police.
No injuries have been reported.
Rayner says reinforcement officers have been called in from throughout the city to help disperse the crowd.
The Lakers beat the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game 5 of the NBA finals Sunday night to win their 15th championship.