Momentum builds for greater Dodger Stadium security presence

Welcome back to Turning Point Central. A week after the beating of Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot and a day after the Dodgers hired William Bratton, the charge against stadium violence has gone full speed ahead.

A security presence once deemed unfeasible is now considered indispensable:

… Calling the incident an “absolute abomination,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday: “We are investigating this matter around the clock and take this horrific crime very, very seriously.”

The mayor and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck held a news conference Thursday and vowed a bigger police presence at Dodgers games, starting with the next home game in a week against the Cardinals.

“You are going to see a sea of blue. And it’s not going to be Dodger blue. It’s gonna be LAPD blue,” Beck said.

Beck asked the team to pay for the deployment of uniformed officers and was negotiating the amount with team officials.

Beck declined to estimate how much the extra personnel would cost or how many officers would be deployed but said he would spare no expense to ensure public safety at Dodger Stadium.

“Well, up until this incident, we try to let venues take care of their own security, you know, if they’re unable to do that then I do it,” Beck said. “And so, I will make decision about how many Los Angeles police officers are deployed in and around, and I emphasize around, Dodger Stadium, based on public safety needs.”

Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said the club will cover the overtime costs.

“People will be awed by the response of the Los Angeles Police Department to this because we will not suffer this as a city again,” Beck said. “People have a right to enjoy the American pastime and we are going to assure that right.” …

Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com takes an extensive look at the Giants’ security approach for AT&T Park.

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