There are errors in stories noting the dozens of felony and misdemeanor arrests that occurred in San Francisco for overturning cars, burning a city bus, pelting police with beer bottles, climbing light poles and throwing debris following the Giants' great World Series victory.
The perpetrators are inaccurately described as baseball "fans" who engaged in a "celebration," but they have no real connection to America's pastime, and there is nothing celebratory in violence. These are in fact rioting thugs that found an excuse to engage in anti-societal behavior that serves to terrorize and risk harm to innocent people, and it is important to note that their actions caused minor injury to several of the pitiable police officers that had to deal with the mayhem.
There is a simple remedy which could squelch the predictable actions of sports hooligans following important games: print their photograph and name on the front page of prominent newspapers and upon conviction, imprison them for a period of years.
Rioting does not ensue after a symphony performance or a museum or art gallery event. It should not occur after a sports victory or loss either. Shame on us for tolerating it. Those who seek to sow disorder and chaos deserve to met with a justice system's iron fist.
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