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LAPD Begins 'Zero Tolerance' Crackdown At Tonight's Dodgers Game

Clayton Kershaw throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on March 31.
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Clayton Kershaw throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on March 31.

Los Angeles Police Department officers will be posted throughout Dodgers Stadium tonight. They will be enforcing a "zero tolerance" policy on rowdy behavior reports the Los Angeles Times.

Tonight the Dodgers play their first home game since a Giants fan was severely beaten at the stadium on March 31. Brian Stow was thrown to the ground and kicked by two Dodgers fans. The San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this month that Stow suffered from brain damage. Stow is still in a medically induced coma.

In an interview with ESPN Radio, Stow's father said his son was stable:

"It's been very hard. It's been stressful," David Stow told 710 ESPN Radio's Drew Belzer at a vigil Wednesday for his son. "The rest of my family is here and we support each other. But when we go up to the room and see Bryan, you know, knowing him as we did ... he was an outgoing person, fun-loving, a jokester .. and to see him lying in bed like that ... it's hard. But you know, we think he's going to, he'll pull out of it."

NBC Los Angeles reports that in response to the beating, the Dodgers announced they were scrapping a half-off alcohol promotion they were going to offer during six games this season. The team also hired former LAPD Chief William Bratton "as a consultant to review security at the stadium."

The Times adds that there are more security plans in the works:

The Dodgers plan to create a computer mapping and crime tracking system for the stadium that is similar to the one the LAPD has used for years to scrutinize crime patterns and hot spots throughout Los Angeles.

Improvements in surveillance and parking lot lighting are planned as well. And the Dodger organization has agreed to revoke the passes of season-ticket holders if they or their guests misbehaved.

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Eyder Peralta
Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.