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Security, not police to handle fans in Philly

PHILADELPHIA - Phillies team security will apprehend fans who jump on the field, unless more force is deemed necessary, the team announced yesterday, two days after police used a Taser on a teenager dashing through the outfield.

The team said it made the decision in consultation with the Philadelphia Police Department after an officer used a stun gun Monday on a 17-year-old at Citizens Bank Park.

"In ordinary circumstances involving field intrusion, the Phillies game day security personnel will make the apprehension of the field jumper and turn him over to the Philadelphia Police on the field for handcuffing and subsequent charging," the team said in a statement.

Police officers will be called upon, the team said, only if more force is necessary. Steven Consalvi jumped onto the field Monday night, and a night later a 34-year-old man ran onto the field, but there was no force. "Steve and his family wish to apologize to all Philadelphia Phillies fans, the entire Philadelphia Phillies organization, players, staff and security, as well as the Philadelphia Police Department for what occurred that evening," attorney Steven F. O'Meara said in a statement. - AP

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