We all still have last year's horrifying Vancouver Stanley Cup riots on our minds as we prepare for the end of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, and the fear we all share extends to members of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The LAPD is taking proper measures to ensure we don't see anything like we did in Vancouver a year ago, and those precautions extend to the television crews who typically broadcast outside the arena.
Dreger: NHL Network has moved their set inside for G6 on the advice of the LAPD. The phrase "prepping for inevitable" used. Ack. #LAKings— Erin Nicks (@erinnicks) June 11, 2012
"We will be patrolling for crime prevention," LAPD media relations officer Cleon Joseph said Monday afternoon. "We're going to have undercover details. We're going to have field jails, mounted bike units, horse, scalping details. We're just looking out for every little thing so that we can keep the peace."
Los Angeles has a recent history of unlawful behavior following sports victories. They haven't seen anything like Vancouver last year, but in both 2009 and 2010 following the Lakers' NBA titles, revelers flipped cars and set fires around the city, primarily in the area around Staples Center.
Of course, the New Jersey Devils hope this is all moot on Monday evening.
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