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Punked! LAPD Squad Car Gets Booted in DTLA

A car fitted with a similar boot (Photo by quinn.anya via Flickr)
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In what is being called a prank, an LAPD squad car was fitted with a boot, used to penalize drivers for excessive parking violations, yesterday while parked outside the criminal courts building in Downtown, reports LA Now.The "Denver boot" was put on the vehicle Monday afternoon while the officers were in court. "Authorities said they did not know how or when the boot was put on the black and white, but they said preliminary information was that it was a prank rather than a penalty from the city for accumulating excessive parking tickets."

Firefighters were called to the scene to remove the boot. "The LAPD officers who were victims of the joke were not immediately available for comment, but the scene drew an abundance of smiles and double-takes from passersby as well as law enforcement personnel," adds LA Now.