More police downtown for Thunder game

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Nearly 140 police officers patrolled the streets near the Chesapeake Energy Arena and Bricktown Thursday night.

The Oklahoma City Thunder played its first home playoff game since last week’s shooting.

Oklahoma City Police made a few changes to security downtown adding officers, street lights, and watch towers.

Police say there were 20 additional officers downtown to help handle security and traffic.

“If you have problems within a crowd you can’t get  to them. If you have individuals that are causing problems in a very dense crowd like that, you can’t get to the problem.  You can’t weed out any bad elements that you may have within that crowd,” said Police Chief Billy Citty.

This was the first playoff game this year without the Thunder Alley watch party, which attracted thousands of people. Police say the big crowds made it difficult for them to patrol the area.

There were fewer fans in Thunder Alley prior to Thursday’s game.

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