Waving flags, honking horns and chanting for their team, hundreds of soccer fans gathered Sunday afternoon in Huntington Park after Mexico’s loss to the Netherlands in its World Cup match.
Police in riot gear stood down one boisterous group gathered at the corner of Florence Avenue and Pacific Boulevard, a three-block section of which was closed earlier to traffic. Police had increased their patrols in the area on Sunday after fans turned rowdy following Mexico’s victory over Croatia last Monday.
But so far there have been no arrests or any major problems reported, officials said.
Additional police and emergency response teams are on call throughout Los Angeles County in case there is an incident, said Nicole Nishida, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Mounted deputies also are on patrol.
Police will reopen Pacific Boulevard as necessary, depending on crowd size and activity, officials said.
Following Mexico’s victory over Croatia last week, police on horseback, backed by officers clad in riot gear, arrested at least four people after crowds of fans spilled onto the streets in Huntington Park to celebrate Mexico's 3-1 win.
One woman was arrested on suspicion of throwing a bottle at officers on horseback. Two others were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, and another for failing to disperse, according to police. One woman received minor injuries in an incident involving an officer's horse, police said.
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