The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) declared an unlawful assembly in the downtown area after Los Angeles Rams fans got out of control following the team's win against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.
"We are seeing violent and destructive behavior by large crowds in the heart of the Downtown LA area. We have issued several dispersal orders and have a large police presence. Everyone that is part of those crowds, obey all dispersal orders and clear the streets immediately," LAPD tweeted.
Videos posted on Twitter showed stores were broken into and looted with some vehicles also being damaged. LAPD ordered the crowd to disperse before moving in and using crowd control munitions. CBS Los Angeles noted LAPD policy does not allow officers to use tear gas or any type of gas for crowd dispersal, but rather foam projectiles.
BREAKING: LAPD has declared an unlawful assembly, steamer footage shows rioters attempting to torch a bus after vandalizing it after the LA Rams won the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/RzHutqOsGD— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) February 14, 2022
The crowd is not gone though. Now they’re on Grand — some jumping on cars stuck in traffic. A bit of a cat and mouse game between police — of which there are lots — and revelers, of which there are more. pic.twitter.com/Kr0VNC4Jjr— Kevin Rector (@kevrector) February 14, 2022
There are a dozen people on top of a graffitied city bus with a “RAMS HOUSE” flag and a detour sign and street cones. The bus driver is inside. Cops in copter above. Fireworks constantly going off. pic.twitter.com/qL24lI6Bsr— Kevin Rector (@kevrector) February 14, 2022