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Rowdy Reaction In Pacoima to Mexico's Win PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:02

PACOIMA (CNS) - Calm returned to Pacoima and Huntington Park following rowdy celebrations -- and detentions -- over Mexico's June 23, victory over Croatia in the World Cup.

Seven people detained in Pacoima Monday night were released just after midnight, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The detentions occurred after an LAPD officer issued a dispersal order over a vehicle-mounted loudspeaker at the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Van Nuys boulevards around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Some of the seven people detained received citations, said Lt. Jennifer Capa of the LAPD's Foothill Station.

Mexico defeated Croatia, 3-1, in Brazil Monday. The assembly in Pacoima had been promoted through social media, according to broadcast reports.

When celebrants poured into the streets in Pacoima, the LAPD declared an unlawful assembly, shut down several freeway offramps, and declared a citywide tactical alert, which allows the department to keep officers working beyond the end of their shifts. But shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday, police declared a "peaceful end to the unlawful assembly.''

Freeway access to the Pacoima area was restored around 11:45 p.m., with authorities canceling the closures of the Terra Bella Street, Osborne Street and Van Nuys Boulevard offramps from the Golden State (5) Freeway and the Laurel Canyon Boulevard exit from the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported.

In Huntington Park, at least four people were taken into custody Monday in connection with a rowdy street celebration in that city. Law enforcement officers from several agencies sought to control hundreds of unruly fans, who hit the streets, said Huntington Park police Detective Elsa Cobian. The four arrests consisted of one each for disorderly conduct and an assault on a police officer and two for failure to disperse, according to Huntington Park police. The names of the arrestees were not immediately available. No injuries were reported.

Celebrants darted in and out of traffic and rocked some vehicles that tried to get through intersections, Cobian said.

The trouble began about 3:30 p.m., a half-hour after Mexico defeated Croatia, Cobian said.

"I heard that some of the people came from a viewing party at El Club on Pacific Boulevard and some from the plaza over by Florence Avenue,'' Cobian said. "They're not complying with orders to disperse from the officers at the scene.''

Huntington Park invoked its mutual aid agreement with surrounding municipalities and officers from its police department were joined by mounted sheriff's units and special weapons teams, officers from police departments in other cities and California Highway Patrol officers, who handled traffic control.

Pacific Boulevard was closed in both directions between Florence and Gage avenues as police restored order on the streets of Huntington Park Monday.

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