After the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers for their second World Series victory in three years, ecstatic fans celebrating the Sunday night 4-3 win became unruly.
More than 10, 000 people gathered to watch the game on enormous screens in the Civic Center area of San Francisco. As soon as the game ended, people dispersed among the streets of the city and participated in riot-like behavior.
Directly upon observing fans exhibiting behavior using fire and violence, police hit the streets in riot gear. Giants fans began with celebratory conduct that was to be expected, like fireworks and bonfires in the street, but later jumped on a public transit bus, setting it on fire, flipped over a vehicle and broke countless windows of businesses and vehicles.
By 12:45 a.m. the crowd was told they were participating in “unlawful assembly” and were told to leave the area, but it wasn’t until 2:30 a.m. that the police were finally able to get rid of the rioters. At least one arrest was made and several people were injured.
Since unlawful assembly and riot like behavior are criminal charges, citizens are encouraged to contact local criminal lawyers if they have been charged with any related crimes.