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Travis Scott show cancelled, crowd goes wild, smashes stadium doors

By: Josh Gammon,

Updated: Feb 11, 2019

TULSA, Okla. – A crowd of angry concertgoers tried to storm Tulsa’s BOK Center after it announced the cancellation of the Travis Scott concert Monday night just hours before it was scheduled to start.

Arena officials said that “technical productions issues” caused the show to be rescheduled to March 26.

The cancellation enraged fans who had already gathered outside the arena. Some members of the crowd threw objects, including a security barrier. Others attempted to rush the front doors of the arena.

Tulsa police said pepper balls and pepper spray was used to help disperse the crowd.

According to reports, the angry mob smashed one of the glass doors at the arena’s entrance.

Scott tweeted an apology at 7:30 p.m. for moving the show. He told fans he didn’t want to give them an “incomplete show.”

BOK Center officials said that all tickets for Monday’s performance would be honored March 26.

Call it the Stadium Security Administration

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2019

New legislation proposes a brand-new bureaucracy to establish a “uniform security protocol” for public events — such as football games and rock concerts.

HB 1415 by Rep. Brian Evans would establish a committee including university officials, state agencies and others to

develop a standard security protocol for admission procedures for public events, whether ticketed or unticketed, held at arenas, stadiums, auditoriums, and other facilities designed to hold large numbers of people for public events

What might that mean?

The protocol specifications shall include without limitation:

(A) Designation of the types and sizes of items that may  be brought into an event;

(B) Standards for purses, bags, sacks, backpacks, and other implements designed to carry other items; and

(C) Standards and recommendations for secure admissions to public events.

As written, the proposal doesn’t seem to provide for enforcement of these recommendations. This idea perhaps arises from the Salt Bowl panic at War Memorial. Or perhaps it’s just a byproduct of what seems to be, for many people at least, ever more anxious times.

Fan who flashed laser on Tom Brady banned from Arrowhead Stadium, will face charges

Adam Schefter  ESPN Senior Writer, 2/3/19

The fan who shined a laser on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game has been identified, apprehended, banned from Arrowhead Stadium for life and soon will face charges from the Kansas City district attorney, league sources told ESPN.

After a Kansas City television station identified a fan shining a laser on Brady, Chiefs officials quickly worked to identify the fan by using videotape and eyewitnesses.

The NFL says it will look into a report that a laser was flashed at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the fourth quarter Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

“There’s a lot of pride in Kansas City, and we and our fans thought, ‘You don’t do that here,’” one Chiefs official told ESPN.

The Kansas City police department initially wanted to cite the fan with disorderly conduct, but Chiefs officials didn’t feel those charges were strong enough and instead have been pushing for “the harshest penalty possible,” in the words of one source.

The Chiefs want this incident to deter fans from pointing a laser at players at future games, a violation that has more serious ramifications than many realize. Since last month’s conference title game, members of the military have reached out to Brady to inform him that the lasers shined near his face could cause irreversible eye damage, according to another source.

One day after New England’s overtime victory in Kansas City, a league spokesman confirmed that the NFL would look into the incident. A cameraman from Kansas City station KMBC shot video that showed a green dot flickering around Brady’s shoulder and face.

Man wearing security jacket caught trying to sneak into Patriots locker room

By Nick Goss February 04, 2019 1:03 AM

The New England Patriots’ locker room was the sight of a Super Bowl LIII celebration Sunday night, and one unwanted guest tried to crash the party.

After the Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, a man posing as a security official tried to sneak into the Patriots locker room but was caught, as evidenced in the Sports Illustrated video below.

It’s now known at this time how the fan got the red security jacket, but luckily for the Patriots, he was caught before entering the locker room.

This isn’t the first time there’s been a security issue following a Super Bowl victory for the Patriots. Tom Brady’s game-worn jerseys from Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI both were stolen. They were ultimately found thanks to law enforcement.

FBI: Drone pilots caught flying in Super Bowl area face fines, jail time

Feb 2, 2019

ATLANTA – FBI officials say they have confiscated half a dozen unauthorized drones flying around Mercedes-Benz Stadium ahead of Super Bowl 53.

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a temporary flight restriction (TFR) in the areas around the stadium and is warning pilots to stay out of the “no drone zone.”

Officials issued a stern warning message to the public Thursday that pilots caught flying drones in the area face significant fines and/or jail time.

Channel 2′s Aaron Diamant talked to frustrated FBI officials, who said drones take away security resources from other areas that need them.

“It’s taken a lot of time, it’s taken up a lot of time for our agents and for law enforcement officers to be targeting these drones when they could be working on other security measures.” FBI Spokesman Kevin Rowson said.

Not only do agents have to figure out if any of the unauthorized drones are weaponized, officials are also concerned they could crash and hurt someone.

The FBI’s lead Super Bowl planner, John Cronier, said that’s not the only problem.

“A drone impact with a fixed-wing aircraft or a helicopter of any sort would be catastrophic,” Cronier said. “We are making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Man charged, detained in Poland escape room game deaths

By Monika Scislowska | AP

January 6

WARSAW, Poland — Prosecutors in northern Poland detained and brought charges Sunday against the man who designed an escape room entertainment site where five teenage girls were killed in a fire.

The man, identified only as Milosz S., was charged with intentionally creating a fire danger and unintentionally causing the deaths of the girls, said prosecutor Ryszard Gasiorowski, adding that the location’s heating system was faulty and there was no emergency evacuation route.

A court decision is expected Monday on prosecutors’ request that he be held for three months while the case proceeds.

Firefighters in the city of Koszalin found the victims’ bodies Friday after they extinguished a fire next to the locked room. Prosecutors say a leaky gas container inside a heater is the most likely cause of the blaze.


Autopsies showed that the girls, who were friends from school, died of carbon monoxide inhalation. A young man employed there was hospitalized with burns. He was to be questioned.

Attorneys for the man charged said he was “deeply distraught” by the deaths and has expressed deep condolences to the families before the prosecutors. They said the 28-year-old denies the charges but because of his distress was not able to answer prosecutors’ questions. If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison.

Earlier Sunday, fire chief Leszek Suski stressed that the escape room at a private house in the city of Koszalin, where the 15-year-old girls died locked inside a room celebrating a birthday, had no emergency evacuation route. They were the first known deaths in an escape room, a form of entertainment that has been growing in Poland over the past five years.

Players in escape room games are locked inside a room or building and must solve puzzles and find clues that lead them to the key that will unlock the door. Regarded as an intellectual challenge, the games are highly popular among teenagers in Poland.

Officials have shut down 13 escape room entertainment sites for safety flaws and the prime minister asked people Sunday to report such lapses to firefighters and police.

Police chief Jaroslaw Szymczyk said other people had previously posted critical remarks online about the safety of that escape room site, but local officials weren’t notified.

During a memorial Mass at Koszalin Cathedral, Bishop Edward Dajczak identified the girls by their first names as Julia, Amelia, Gosia, Karolina and Wiktoria.

He later led public prayers in front of the house where they died. People left hundreds of lights, toys and white flowers by the fence.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, along with Suski and Szymczyk, spoke after holding a meeting in which they discussed with other officials ways of improving safety at entertainment venues. Morawiecki called the girls’ deaths an “immense tragedy.”

Since Friday, more than 200 of Poland’s 1,100 escape rooms have been checked, revealing a number of safety flaws that needed to be immediately fixed. Authorities ordered the closure of 13 of them.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

3 people dead in shooting at a bowling alley in Southern California

By Paul Vercammen and Jason Hanna, CNN

Updated 6:08 PM ET, Sat January 5, 2019

Torrance, California (CNN)A shooting at a bowling alley late Friday left three men dead and four people wounded in Southern California, and police are trying to find whoever fired the shots, authorities said.

The gunshots at the Gable House Bowl in Torrance went off just before midnight. A fight — first involving young ladies, then men — happened shortly beforehand, sending people running, a witness said.
“Then … maybe a minute and a half later, all of the sudden all we heard was, pop, pop, pop,” the witness, Dana Scott, told RMG News. “Bowlers were diving under the benches. The people that were still bowling on the lanes were on the floors, underneath the seats.”
“People were looking for their parents, because this is a family league. You’ve got mothers, fathers, sons, daughters … everybody’s friends in that league,” she said.
No arrests were immediately reported after the shooting. City police were “working to identify the suspect(s) involved,” they said in a news release.
Torrance police officers investigate Friday night's shooting at Gable House Bowl.

Torrance police officers investigate Friday night’s shooting at Gable House Bowl.
By late Saturday morning, relatives of those who were shot were clustered outside the bowling alley, standing behind yellow police tape. Some of them embraced; others looked toward the building’s rear, where a coroner’s van pulled out.
Keithnisha More, one of those standing outside Saturday, said her brother-in-law was one of those who died and that he leaves behind a son.
“How do you explain to a 5-year-old boy that his father is dead?” More said. “How does my sister-in-law tell this little boy that daddy is gone? Just gone.”
The names of the dead and wounded weren’t immediately released.
Wes Hamad told CNN affiliates KTLA and KABC that he was in the bowling alley with his 13-year-old niece and a cousin when they saw a “huge fight” break out. The fight lasted around five minutes and blocked the entrance of the bowling alley, he said.
Hamad told affiliates the scene devolved into “complete chaos.”
“I grabbed my niece and started running,” he said. “As we were running, we heard 15 shots.”
Hamad told the affiliates he saw a woman crying over a man who had been shot in the head and neck multiple times.
A man who says he was in a karaoke area of the building when the shooting happened described a scene of panic.
“People started to run inside the karaoke (area), shouting, ‘Gunshot, gunshot, gunshot,’” the man, identified on Facebook as D Ryon Thomas, says in a video posted to the social network.
Staff ushered people into an area in the back of the building, he said.

Police ask public for video

Detectives are going to examine surveillance video recorded inside the building, Torrance police Sgt. Ron Harris said.
“We’re also asking anyone in the public who might have seen anything, or (recorded) any cell phone video or other video, to come forward and help in this investigation,” Harris said.
Torrance police officers saw multiple people with gunshot wounds when they arrived, and they started lifesaving measures, including CPR and using a defibrillator, police said in a news release.
Shooting at bowling alley
Video from RMG News showed numerous firefighters or other first responders tending to people outside.
The Gable House Bowl is open until 3 a.m. on Saturdays. The complex also offers laser tag and a bar, its website says.
Torrance is about 20 miles from Los Angeles.

CNN’s Paul Vercammen reported from Torrance, and CNN’s Jason Hanna wrote in Atlanta. CNN’s Carma Hassan, Artemis Moshtaghian and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.

Inter Milan fan dies after clashes with Napoli supporters

Associated Press, December 26, 2018

MILAN – An Inter Milan fan died following clashes with Napoli supporters outside San Siro Stadium ahead of a Serie A game on Wednesday, which was also marred by racist chants.

Milan police chief Marcello Cardona said Thursday that investigators believe the 35-year-old fan, Daniele Belardinelli, may have been fatally struck by a van or SUV during the clashes.

Four Napoli fans were injured and at least three people arrested.

“You can’t die from going to the stadium to see a soccer match,” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said.

Salvini added that he would gather club and fan representatives from all Serie A and B teams for a meeting to make sure “football returns to being a moment of fun and not violence. We’ll see if we can do what others weren’t able to.”

Cardona said he will request that Inter fans be banned from traveling to away games for the rest of the season and that the northern end of the San Siro, where Inter’s “ultra” fans are based, be closed until March 31.

Inter won Wednesday’s match 1-0.

The game was also marred by racist chants which targeted Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Senegal international, who had monkey noises directed at him throughout the match, received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first.

After the game, Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti threatened to lead his team off the field the next time one of his players was subjected to continued racist abuse. Ancelotti asked several times for the match against Inter to be halted, and announcements warning fans this would happen were made but no further action was taken.

It was the first time Serie A matches took place on Dec. 26 in nearly 50 years — since 1971.

Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina said the incidents that occurred inside and outside the stadium were “no longer tolerable” and that he intends to simplify the rules for suspending matches.

It’s not the first time that clashes between rival fans have led to deaths in Italy.

Napoli supporter Ciro Esposito died 50 days after he was shot by a Roma supporter before the 2014 Italian Cup final.

That incident came before a match that Roma was not even involved in — although Napoli’s 3-1 win over Fiorentina was held in Rome.

Also, police officer Filippo Raciti was killed during riots following a Sicilian derby between Catania and Palermo in 2007.

Report: Giants fans sue for the right to heckle with vulgarities

ByDan Schneier Dec 29, 2018

We take a break from New York Giants coverage of the 2018 regular season, the future for franchise icon Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr.’s troublesome quad injury, and Saquon Barkley’s record-breaking rookie season to provide an update on a story we covered back in 2017. When the Giants played the San Francisco 49ers two seasons ago during a year where the franchise would just hours later fire their general manager and head coach, it was two ornery fans who made headlines.

Luckily for these two fans, who also happened to be brothers, their story was buried the following week as the Giants focus shifted to the departures of ex-head coach Ben McAdoo and ex-general manager Jerry Reese and who would replace them. The two brothers, Kyle and Patrick Flynn, played the role of away team fans who got a little too excited rooting for the Giants and against the home team 49ers (and their fans). Kyle and Patrick were removed from the 2017 Giants-49ers game by force as the security guards on duty deemed them to not be fit to remain after receiving complaints of them belligerently criticizing the team while causing a scene.

The scene got ugly fast. As the on-duty security guards tried to remove Kyle from the stadium, he allegedly fell over the guard railing where he was reportedly both tased and choked by officers on the scene. According to responding officers, Kyle was warned to stop using vulgarities in front of other fans, including when he continuously flipped off Giants players on the sidelines, and when they refused to, the action was taken.

Now, more than a full year later, Kyle and Patrick are suing. The Patrick brothers have filed a lawsuit claiming they had their First Amendment rights violated and that the stadium security and officers used excessive force in removing them.

The Post has pulled directly from the suit:

The suit states that the incident occurred on Nov. 12, 2017, at a game between Big Blue and the Niners, won by San Francisco, 31-21. The Flynns, who were seated close to the field, reportedly shouted “You [expletive] suck” and flipped off members of the Giants, who were losing the game.

They reportedly complied with an order from a Santa Clara police officer named Nicholas Cusimano to cease yelling profanities, but the Flynns were ejected after repeating those offenses later in the game.

According to the lawsuit, Kyle Flynn had to be forcibly removed from his seat, alleging he was grabbed and choked by officers and was “left in [a] restraint device” known as a WRAP “for at least 30 to 40 minutes.”

Kyle Patrick was arrested and charged with resisting arrest before later dropping all charges and dismissing the case.

Taylor Swift deploys facial recognition to identify stalkers

Taylor Swift used facial recognition technology during a concert at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl stadium earlier this year in an effort to spot potentially dangerous ‘super fans’, it has emerged.

The Rolling Stone magazine reports that the technology was implemented during the US popstar’s gig at the stadium on May 18.

Fans unknowingly had their faces scanned while watching rehearsal clips of Swift at the stadium. Recordings were then sent to a command centre in Nashville, where they were checked against a database of hundreds of Swift’s known stalkers.

“Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” Mike Downing, chief security officer of Oak View Group, which advises venues on concert operations, told Rolling Stone.

Downing attended the Rose Bowl concert to witness a demonstration of the technology.

The Telegraph newspaper noted that the Rose Bowl would not need to inform fans that they are under surveillance as the stadium is a private company.

Facial recognition technology is on the rise in stadiums and arenas across the world. Earlier this year, Ticketmaster invested in facial recognition firm Blink Identity as part of plans to integrate the company’s technology with its own Presence tool.

Swift’s representatives did not respond to Rolling Stone’s requests for comments.

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