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No More Security in LA Despite Fan Attack?

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    As you can see from the picture that accompanies this entry (which was tweeted by the Giants' season ticketholder account), the police have released sketches of the two Dodger fans suspected in assaulting a Giants fan.

    There's also a $10,000 reward, offered on Saturday by County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, for information relating to the capture of these scoundrels, so aside from doing your work as a good Samaritan, you can also pick up some cash if you happen to help the police in their pursuits of the suspects.

    And the fan's name, Brian Stow, has had his family speak out against the attack.

    "He's not doing too well," David Collins, who was with Stow at the game, said. "He's still unconscious and they just decided to put him in a medically induced coma. They are hoping the brain swelling will go down, but it hasn't and they are talking about removing one of his frontal lobes."

    Despite this terrible news, the Dodgers aren't expected to beef up security. At least according to L.A. owner Frank McCourt, who called the act "random."

    "First of all, let me just say it's tragic. It's very, very unfair to take what was otherwise a fantastic day — everything from the weather to the result of the game to just the overall experience — and to have a few individuals mar that," McCourt said, per the Los Angeles Times. "It's a terrible thing."

    "You could have 2,000 policemen there, and it’s just not going to change that random act of violence."

    In fairness, McCourt also said he wasn't "making any excuses whatsoever" and that things like the attack on Stow "shouldn't happen."

     

    But if a pair of Dodger stadium-goers can accost an opposing fan in the parking lot of the stadium, take some shots on said fan while he's on the ground and then take off running to hop in a car -- as is supposedly what happened -- without so much as a whiff of security measures being in place to stop it, well, that's a problem.

    People get inebriated and get violent at baseball games all the time. In fact, there were over 110 arrests and citations at that very game. And there will probably continue to be arrests when the Dodgers and Giants play.

    Which kind of makes Stow's situation not random. And it's probably something that the Dodgers should consider addressing, vis-a-vis the obvious step of increasing security in the parking lots, before another "random" act of violence puts someone in the hospital.