|Unhappy fans do damage to Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Police used rubber bullets and tear gas
to disperse football fans who smashed windows and set cars on fire
after the Oakland Raiders' Super Bowl defeat.
At least 80 people were arrested Sunday night, mostly for public
drunkenness and throwing rocks and bottles at police and
obstructing officers, authorities said. Police said they are
reviewing videotapes of the violence to try to identify some of
those who escaped arrest.
"Unfortunately, you had a convergence of some young men that
seemed hellbent on taking advantage of a situation to engage in
lawlessness," Police Chief Richard Word said.
Police had assigned hundreds of extra officers to work the
Oakland streets on Super Bowl Sunday. But trouble broke out after
the 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay.
"When it was apparent that the Raiders were going to lose, we
did not anticipate that people would turn to the streets to
celebrate," Word said.
About 10 vehicles were set on fire and crowds broke the windows
of at least one television news van, police and witnesses said. One
group of young men set debris on fire in the middle of a street and
then posed for news photographers.
Nine fire department vehicles and 12 police cars were damaged by
thrown objects and three firefighters were injured, none seriously.
Police lobbed tear gas canisters into the crowds and pelted them
with rubber bullets. Streets were closed off as the trouble shifted
through various areas of East Oakland. People who threw things at
officers and passing cars quickly retreated into the crowd, often
making it difficult to arrest them, the police chief said.
It was the second straight week that violence followed a Raiders
game. The previous week crowds also set fires and broke windows in
Police were busy from the time of the first drunk driving arrest
at 5 p.m. Sunday until about 2:30 a.m. Monday.
A McDonald's restaurant was broken into with a cement garbage
can through the front glass door. The inside was ransacked and had
been set on fire. Damage was estimated at $30,000.
|A McDonald's employee sweeps glass off a dining table on Monday, not long after the restaurant had been vandalized the night before.||