Police are more than prepared for the Toronto Raptors game tonight. Police Chief Mark Saunders offered an update to CP24, stating that officers are ready to respond to any situation that may arise from the expected large crowds tonight, which are already forming at Jurassic Park. If the Raptors win tonight's game, they will become NBA Champions for the first time in the franchise’s history, a potentially momentous night for all of Canada.
According to Saunders, police are ramping up their presence in the downtown core tonight. “We have the resources here for tonight’s event, and we do have an understanding of how big this monster is going to be, so the people that you are going to see aren’t necessarily all the people that we have,” Saunders said to CP24.
“It’s a sporting event but if we have to transition into a security event, we will. We are looking forward to keeping it as calm as possible, and if people do misbehave or break the law, they will be apprehended, but we don’t want to go there because the focus should be on the Toronto Raptors.”
This is what Game 1 looked like in Toronto... 😱
Despite the rain, large crowds have already begun forming outside of Raptors fans beloved hang out Jurassic Park. Hundreds of fans are currently lined up outside of the area, just for the chance to celebrate what could be a historic night with their fellow die-hards:
Toronto Police have had their fair share of run-ins with rowdy Raptors fans recently. Thousands of fans took to the streets after the team won the Eastern Conference Finals and have kept up the massive celebrations for every game of the finals. Thankfully, most fans have been respectful - police only made three arrests at post-game celebrations so far.
Two men were arrested for jumping onto a police cruiser at Yonge-Dundas Square. Five others were wanted in connection with the crime, and at least one of them was wanted for threatening a police officer. In a separate incident, a Raptors fan was charged and arrested after making a vulgar comment on live television about Steph Curry’s wife, Ayesha Curry.
As for tonight, police trust fans to keep their partying under control. “For 60 days it has been fantastic, so those seven do not define the vast, vast majority of people who are here to have fun and to celebrate,” Saunders said.