Officers and sheriff’s deputies from multiple agencies were out in force in Huntington Park on Sunday as the Netherlands defeated Mexico in a World Cup match that prompted fans to turn out in droves.
The increased law-enforcement presence was meant as a precautionary measure and intended to ensure safety, the Huntington Park Police Department stated in a news release.
Nevertheless, unruly fans lit firecrackers, rocked vehicles from side to side, and taunted baton-wielding authorities after Mexico lost, 2-1, and was eliminated from the tournament.
Some people waved sombreros and Mexico flags while running around Huntington Park streets.
Crowds approached multiple cars and shook them, Sky5 video showed.
A group also jumped on the back of a truck that had stopped at a red light. The truck accelerated once it turned green, and a girl fell off the truck but did not appear to be significantly injured.
Pacific Boulevard between Gage Avenue and Florence Avenue (map) had been closed to vehicle traffic since 9 a.m., but businesses were allowed to remain open.
Joe Saab was a local business owner who had considered closing shop for the day, but hoped he wouldn’t have to.
“I’m thinking about it. If things get worse, if anything happens. But it looks okay to me,” Saab said.
Some fans had predicted mayhem if Mexico won.
“If they win … whatever happened the other week, it’s going to get even worse. If they lose, nothing’s going to happen. I can guarantee that for sure,” soccer fan Leonardo Romales said.
The stepped-up security came less than a week after hundreds of fans celebrating Mexico’s 3-1 win over Croatia Monday faced off with police for hours.
Significant traffic delays were reported at the time, and two people were arrested for public intoxication, one for failure to disperse and one for throwing bottles at officers.
Crowds also took to Pacoima streets Monday, causing a freeway ramp closure.
KTLA’s John A. Moreno contributed to this report.
Correction: Leonardo Romales was originally quoted saying “last week” instead of “the other week.”