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Dodgers Hire Former LA Police Chief After Fan Severely Beaten in Stadium

Dodgers Hire Former LA Police Chief After Fan Severely Beaten in Stadium

Former Commissioner, NYPD, & Chief, LAPD William J. Bratton [AP]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

April 07, 2011

LOS ANGELES – While hundreds of people gathered for a prayer vigil outside County-USC Hospital in Los Angeles Wednesday night in support of Bryan Stow – the 41-year-old man who was severely beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot March 31 – former L.A. police chief and former New York City police commissioner William Bratton has been hired by the Dodgers to assess the stadium security and make recommendations for improvement.

Stow, a paramedic from Santa Clara, remains in “critical but stable condition” and is in a medically-induced coma, according to Capt. David Lindsay of the Los Angeles Police Department. He was attacked after leaving the stadium on Opening Day for the Dodgers, who played the defending world champion Giants.

In a news conference Wednesday, Stow’s neurologist, Dr. Gabriel Zada, said that Stow has “a long recovery process” ahead of him after he suffered a fractured skull and trauma to the front lobe of his brain. The left side of his skull was removed to allow the swelling to subside.

The incident has outraged the city, with one L.A. county government source saying that attending a Dodgers home game has become “very, very scary” and that the incident has been a “huge PR snafu” for the franchise. Many L.A. civic officials had already been calling for better security around Dodger Stadium and more action by beleaguered team owner Frank McCourt, who is embroiled in a messy divorce with wife Jamie. Bratton’s hire seems to be one step toward quelling the anger.

“Bill Bratton is widely credited with spearheading modern community policing in America,” Frank McCourt said. “There is no one better to lead a top-to-bottom review of our current practices and make recommendations to be implemented now and into the future.”

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Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan beaten and now in a medically-induced coma, has the support of his family as well as the city of Los Angeles.

Michael Antonovich, a Los Angeles native who has been an L.A. County supervisor for 30 years, kicked off a campaign last Saturday to raise reward money to be awarded to anyone who helps identify the suspects.

According to his communications deputy Tony Bell, Antonovich was “incensed” by the incident. “For anyone to suggest that security at Dodger Stadium is adequate is simply putting their head in the sand,” Antonovich said.

The reward amount has since increased to “over $100,000” according to Capt. Lindsay, with donations coming from the city of L.A., the Dodgers, the Giants and American Medical Response, Stow’s employer.

According to an LAPD press release, Giants fan Stow was leaving Dodger Stadium with several friends when two Dodger-clad men taunted Stow and his friends. Stow was hit from behind, and then kicked while he was on the ground. Composite sketches of both suspects – described as male Hispanics between 18 and 25 – have been released.


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    BarbMarch58

    about 3 years ago

    114 Comments

    RSmith6322: Sounds like you work for a great company. I'm sure you all are very shook up about this. Please let his family know that a lot of PL members have Bryan in our prayers.

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    JIMROC

    about 3 years ago

    8500 Comments

    So much for the "Great American Sport of Baseball." They should call it the "Monday night Fights." It's really sad when you cannot take your kids to a baseball game, with out fights and gunfire. Considering this stadium sits in the same parking lot as the LAPD Academy, you would think there would be plenty of officer's around the area, and it would be safe. Sounds like the Dodgers ball club dropped the ball and struck out. (No pun intended)

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    FCPD0341

    about 3 years ago

    792 Comments

    Thats why I dont take my kids to proffesional sporting events. For one off duty LEOs in my neck of the woods are not allowed to cary their weapons in most local stadiums and two I don't want to expose them to some drunk a$$ hole loud mouth idiots who take a GAME way to far. We will be content to sit at home and watch it on the 55 inch LCD

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    mpd_943

    about 3 years ago

    2486 Comments

    Prayers for a speedy recovery!

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    BForJuvCor

    about 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    Prayers for Mr. Stow

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    rsmith6322

    about 3 years ago

    1088 Comments

    Victim is a medic for the company that I work for in my FT job. We have set up a fund for him and his family. Prayers sent for a speedy recovery.

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    rafaelmorales

    about 3 years ago

    3000 Comments

    Prayers to Bryan Stow and his family. Chief Bratton was a great Chief for the Transit police in NYC. and a Great P.C.

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    Prayers for a speedy recovery. Hopefully the reward will induce someone to "rat them out".

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    Prayers for a speedy recovery. Hopefully the reward will induce someone to "rate them out".

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    Delox77

    about 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    California sports arena rules. Rule #1 Never go to a Raiders game in Oakland. Rule #2 Never go to a Dodgers game at Dodger stadium. Rule #3 Never go to a Raiders game in San Diego.

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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    46062 Comments

    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Mr. Stow.

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    Whalewatcher

    about 3 years ago

    10928 Comments

    The six digit reward will be the downfall of these two; honor among thieves, my eye !!!!

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    USLawman1983

    about 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Prayers to Mr. Stow, an EMT, a Dad and a good man for a full and speedy recovery. May the Lord look over you. I'm also praying that swift and righteous justice finds the spineless cowards that did it.

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    uncledennis1

    about 3 years ago

    23122 Comments

    Speedy recovery. Find the scumbags and hold their feet to the fire. They are a low form of life and are cowards.

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    wiseass0282

    about 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    I hope they get the people involved in this attack on Mr. Stow and I am praying for a full and speedy recovery for him.

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