Rioters’ Index

With apologies to Harper’s.

Number of rubbish fires: 15

Number of vehicle fires: 3

Number of shopping cart fires: At least 1.

Number of fatalities: 0

Number of people “beaten unconscious”: At least 1. Think it was a Celtics fan, the poor guy.

Number of arrests: 38

Oddest object hurled at cops: Tie between chunks of cement (presumably from the broken sidewalks – like hitting the city over the head with its own shoe) and a rat trap

Objects that the cops hurled back: Tear gas and rubber bullets

Vehicles attacked: Parking enforcement, KCAL 9 news van, taco truck (<– WTF people), taxi, Honda

Poor excuse for a soccer ball: Caltrans barrier, broken.

Alternative to Caltrans barrier-as-soccer-ball: Watching the World Cup on television like normal people

Local Issues More Worthy of a Riot Than the Lakers’ Victory: Unemployment; lack of access to health care; we are still fighting a war, what?; no decent 24-hour coffee shops; massive cuts in library funding

All of the above notwithstanding, number of minutes it took me to drive from Chego in Palms back to my place in Los Feliz at 10:30pm: 25 minutes.  Not too bad.

11 thoughts on “Rioters’ Index”

  1. So you made it out of your office alive? We were DT most of the evening, and things couldn’t have gone better. Great happy hour @ Checkers, great vibe at Mignon LA!

  2. @Sinosoul – YAH made it out alive!! Surprisingly, actually. Dude, I have been wanting to hit up the Checkers’ happy hour ever since your Phototasting event…one day I will get out of work early enough :P

  3. If some of these fans channeled just a fraction of the passions and energies expended on the streets last night in a positive way toward some of the other matters mentioned here, who knows what could happen?

  4. Ugh. Shit like this is why I tend to hate sports fans in general, and Lakers fans in particular.

    (Not ALL sports/Lakers fans, but…you know what I mean.)

    Great post, Qq.

  5. Millions of wasted dollars paying overtime to keep a bunch of fucking idiots from wrecking things…..?

    I was in NYC for the first cup win and 52 years and the first world series win in 17 years. Number of incidents involving people wrecking stuff…..0

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