- This article is about the protests surrounding the 2000 Democratic National Convention, for details on the convention itself, see here.
The protests surrounding the 2000 Democratic National Convention
occurred from August 14 to August 17, 2000 in the areas immediately next to and in the environs surrounding where the convention took place: the Staples Center
and surrounding downtown of Los Angeles, California
The Lakers' victory riot
The 1999-2000 NBA
season ended up being fortuitous for the Los Angeles Lakers
, who were in their inaugural year playing out of the Staples Center. On the night of June 19, 2000, the Lakers beat the visiting Indiana Pacers
, winning their first Championship
in twelve years. While the game took place inside the arena, it was broadcast for free outside on a large video screen. Thousands had gathered to watch the game on the screen and be in the proximity of the arena.
As soon as the game ended, the crowd quickly turned violent as violent opportunists began attacking property, making bonfires, beating up a Lincoln
limo and two LAPD cars, flipping a news van, and setting fire to a Ford Explorer
, as well as looting local businesses. All the local media channels covered the riots live on television, where LAPD officers were seen containing the rioters, but taking some time before actively dispersing the crowd. The LAPD was roundly criticized for not taking a harder approach to the rioters. Part of what influenced the LAPD's hands-off approach... Read More