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San Francisco brings on extra police to brace for Super Bowl result

  • File - In this Oct. 28, 2012 file photo, San Francisco Giants fans celebrate with a bonfire in San Francisco's Mission district after the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers to win baseball's World Series. City officials are taking tougher measures to prevent potential fan violence on Super Bowl Sunday when the 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, file)

SAN FRANCISCO — The streets of San Francisco were quiet early Sunday, but the city was bracing for possible trouble as fans gathered in hotspots across the city to watch their 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl, officials said.

In the hopes of avoiding the violence that has marred recent victory celebrations in San Francisco, more than 400 officers were on duty, triple the usual number of officers working on a Sunday, police said.

The extra police and additional preparations by officials follow trouble after two recent victory celebrations got out of hand.

After the 49ers won the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago about a dozen people were arrested — mostly for public intoxication.

There were also problems after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in late October, with a city bus set ablaze, cars being overturned and bonfires being set in trash containers and in city streets. About three-dozen people were arrested after that that victory.


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