After Rowdy Celebrations, ‘Respect’ Urged for World Cup Fans in Los Angeles

A day after seven people were detained and 5 Freeway ramps were shut down when fans of Mexico’s soccer team took to the streets of Pacoima to celebrate the team’s victory, a local politician was urging that the excitement be tempered by respect for community .

On Tuesday,  Los Angeles City Councilman Felipe Fuentes, whose district includes Pacoima, said the World Cup was bringing “renewed” pride to Angelenos.

“Let’s remember to respect our neighbors and communities,” Fuentes said. “Let’s set an example for other neighborhoods. Let’s show them we can have fun and celebrate peacefully.”

On Monday night, fans had gathered in the area of Van Nuys Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, temporarily shutting the intersection down, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division.

Aerial video showed dozens of excited and rowdy fans in the streets as they celebrated Mexico’s 3 – 1 victory over Croatia, which sent the team to the next round of World Cup action.

At one point, fireworks could be seen going off in the area.

Fireworks erupt as dozens of World Cup fans block streets in Pacoima on Monday, June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Fireworks erupt as dozens of World Cup fans block streets in Pacoima on Monday, June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The celebration — which was eventually deemed an “unlawful assembly” by police — forced the closure of several on and off-ramps of the 5 Freeway in the area, including the ramps at Van Nuys Boulevard, Osborne Street and Terra Bella, according to LAPD.

The crowd was ordered to disperse, and police went on a modified tactical alert.

Eventually, the fans dispersed peacefully, the LAPD’s Foothill Division tweeted just after 11:30 p.m., adding that officers would be remain in the area and monitor it throughout the night.

Seven people were detained in connection with incident, according to LAPD Lt. Jennifer Capa.

Police responded to fans celebrating Mexico's World Cup victory on the streets of Huntington Park June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Police responded to fans celebrating Mexico’s World Cup victory on the streets of Huntington Park June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Earlier in the day, hundreds of World Cup revelers gathered on the streets of Huntington Park shortly before 3 p.m. after the game ended, prompting a police response.

Multiple streets had to be shut down, and traffic in the area was impacted. By 6 p.m., police had issued an order for people to stay out of the roadway.

When the incident was over, police had made four arrests: two for public intoxication; one for failure to disperse; and one for throwing bottles at officers, said Detective Elsa Cobain of the Huntington Park Police Department.

KTLA’s Eric Spillman, Tracy Bloom, Melissa Pamer, Rose Razeghi, Nidia Becerra Tijerino and Geoff Peters contributed to this report.

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