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Police To Step Up Patrols During World Cup Match

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Police will be out in fuller force in parts of L.A. County and will be on call throughout L.A. on Sunday during Mexico’s World Cup match against the Netherlands.

Police will increase patrols in the heavily Latino city of Huntington Park Sunday, and a three-block stretch along Pacific Boulevard, the city’s main business area, will be closed to traffic between Florence and Gage avenues at 9 a.m., when the game starts, according to the Los Angeles Times. It’ll still be open to foot traffic.

More police and emergency response teams will be on call through Los Angeles as well in case crowds get unruly, according to LAPD spokeswoman Nicole Nishida, and mounted deputies will be on patrol.

Huntington Park police spokesman Michael Chee said they didn’t want to see anyone hurt or businesses damaged due to “exuberant” behavior. Police detained seven people in Huntington Park when people flooded the streets in several communities after Mexico’s win over Croatia on Monday, in some cases rocking cars, harassing police and in one instance throwing a bottle at a police horse.