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Four Men Arrested After Beating in Dodger Stadium Parking Lot

For the second time in two years, a man was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Just over a year ago, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten to within in inches of his life in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium.  Eyebrows were raised, and then owner Frank McCourt’s lax security policies were called into question.

With new ownership in place and heightened security at Dodger Stadium, more violence erupted in the parking lot over the weekend.  The latest attack occurred yesterday, after the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over St. Louis.

Two cars were involved in a minor fender bender.  The driver of the car that caused the accident was pinned down and beaten by three other men.  According to LAPD Sgt. David Armas, the driver of the car that was hit kicked and hit the victim while he was on the ground.

The victim, whose name was not released, had scrapes and cuts to his face, but his injuries were not life-threatening.  The four men, all in their 20s, were arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon.

Thankfully, it looks like the victim will make a full recovery, but this is the last thing the Dodgers’ p.r. machine needs right now.  With new ownership and the best record in Major League Baseball, the Dodgers don’t need fans thinking it’s still not safe to go to Dodger Stadium.

Security was vastly improved after the Stow incident, but this is a huge setback for Dodger Stadium’s already fragile image.  This incident doesn’t appear to be gang related, but it is still mind boggling to think a man would get beaten for causing a fender bender.

My friend Jeremiah said it best when he posted on my Facebook wall, “Philly put a jail in the old Vet, and now, I feel like we are getting close to putting an ICU in Dodger Stadium.”

[ESPN]

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