San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said the department had all available officers in uniform and on the streets maintaining constant visibility both along the parade route and in Civic Center Plaza during the celebration.
Police set up a command post at the Department of Emergency Management nearby on Turk Street, Andraychak said.
He said police only handled several minor incidents, including some isolated fights and several arrests for public intoxication, despite numerous roving carriers of Coors Light tall cans and notoriously potent Four Lokos alcoholic juice drinks.
Officers also participated in several medical calls until the San Francisco Fire Department could take over the cases, Andraychak said. He said none of the medical calls seemed to be too serious.
In one, a fan fell 15 or 20 feet from a ledge while trying to watch the parade, but the individual’s injuries did not appear to be life threatening, Andraychak said.
People continued to roam in the streets after 4 p.m. as officers tried in vain to reopen Market Street and surrounding corridors. Andraychak said officers expected to reopen the streets at about 5:30 p.m.
“All in all, we thought it was a very successful day considering how many people were out there,” Andraychak said.
Kyveli Diener, Bay City News
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