Police Presence Felt at Candlestick

The mood in the parking lots of Candlestick were somber and quiet as the 49ers prepared to face the Houston Texans in the third exhibition game in the preseason. The San Francisco Police made their presence felt as they patrolled for any signs of what could be trouble. I even witnessed the police as I was exiting the freeway tell a man to get out of his car with guns drawn. On the way to the park, the police were everywhere. The police here will not be taking any nonsense from anyone, 49er fan or Texans fan.

The 49ers have increased security measures and have even put a ban on tailgating in the parking lots after kickoff. 49ers spokesman Steve Weakland announced that the team and the San Francisco police would patrol the lots to enforce the ban. Police will be asking fans with tickets to enter the stadium. People will be asked to either buy a ticket or leave. The 49ers have said they plan to enforce post-game DUI checkpoints with additional police on hand.

At the annual Battle of the Bay between the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, two men were shot in separate parking lots at Candlestick Park after the 49ers 17-3 win over the Raiders. Another man was beaten unconscious in a bathroom fight, and all over YouTube and the internet is a video of a fight in the stands which involved several fans during the game where it seemed like 49er fans were fighting each other.

More than 80 fans were ejected and escorted from the stadium, and 12 people were arrested. Police have not made any arrests in the shootings and beating at last week’s game. All three victims were listed in fair condition earlier this week and are expected to survive.

Anybody who may have witnessed either crime are strongly encouraged to call the San Francisco police tip line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and include “SFPD” in the beginning of the text.

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