Police Gear Up For Boston Crowds
BOSTON (AP) – Authorities are gearing up for crowd control
around Boston as the Celtics take on the Lakers in Game 6 of the
NBA finals needing one victory to secure an unprecedented 18th
Massachusetts State Police say troopers, dog and mounted patrols
will assist Boston police if the Celtics win Tuesday night and fans
In the past, some Boston sports celebrations have ended in
tragedy, including three deaths since 2004.
A college student stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest
after being taken into custody on a public drinking charge during
street celebrations of the Celtics' 2008 championship. He died 11
Another college student died in October 2004 after being struck
in the eye by a pepper-pellet fired by police while celebrating the
Red Sox victory in the AL Championship Series.
A 21-year-old man was killed when a drunken driver plowed
through a crowd of revelers during Super Bowl victory celebrations
in February 2004.
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