Athletics to investigate guard-fan incident

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OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics posted to social media about their interest in getting to the bottom of an incident involving a guard at a home game Monday night.

According to several accounts by fans attending the two-game series opener against the San Francisco Giants, conflict began when one guard attacked a fan in the Oakland Coliseum’s third-deck stands, and other guards appeared to express aggression against other fans.

In a tweet posted to the team’s Twitter account, an image read: “During tonight’s game, there was an incident involving a security guard. We contract with a third-party security company and are currently investigating the situation. Violence in any form is not acceptable. We take this incident seriously.”

“We saw a line of about 5-6 security guards walking along the walkway on the top deck. The guard in front (the one who later got in the altercation) seemed to be looking for someone specific,” said one fan who attended. “They passed about 3 or 4 sections to our left, then returned.

“The guard in the lead seemed to single someone out in the crowd. She began pointing at someone several rows up, gesturing and yelling. The group of guards started walking up to the fans, and all of a sudden the guard (black jacket in the video) grabbed a female fan’s hair and punched her several times.”

The guard was pulled back by her colleagues and left the area, but appeared to return several minutes later, yelling and being held back and leaving again.

“After a couple more minutes, police appeared,” the fan said. “The guard returned, again; someone threw a half-empty beer at her and she responded violently, having to be held back before being pulled away from the scene one final time.”

Although several Oakland officers were visible in some game attendees’ images and videos posted to social media, information about police  assessment of  the incident was not immediately available late Monday.

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Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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