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Monday, April 4, 2011

Bryan Stow, Beaten Giants Fan, in Coma; L.A. County Lawmaker Questions Dodgers Security

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 7:38 AM

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By now most people know about Bryan Stow, the 42-year-old paramedic and hardcore Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside the Los Angeles stadium last week after the season opener. While he is in a medically induced coma, the question remains: Was security at the game adequate?

L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich point-blank asked the Dodgers that very question, to which the team responded yes.

According to Los Angeles media outlets, Frank McCourt, owner of the Dodgers, told reporters that Thursday's beating was "an isolated incident" and that security at the game was appropriate.

Stow was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being brutally beaten by two men wearing Dodgers clothing. He is now in a medically induced coma.

Antonovich offered a $10,000 reward Saturday for information leading to the arrests of the two suspects responsible for the beating. He also wants more security and stricter rules when it comes to selling booze at the games.

Over the weekend, police released composite sketches of the two suspects, yet Detective Larry Burcher told reporters that security cameras revealed

"nothing of great value."

On Sunday, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked fans to keep the deep-rooted rivalry between the Dodgers and the Giants on the field.

"This attack is unconscionable behavior that will not be tolerated in either of our ballparks or in either of our cities," they said in a joint statement. "Root hard for your teams and do so with civility and common decency."

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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