LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A smaller turnout than in previous years is expected for the upcoming May Day parade downtown, but police officials said Friday they will adapt to the situation no matter how many people show up.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports organizers may be hoping for large crowds on Sunday, but smaller numbers could mean fewer problems.

Two separate and somewhat antagonistic organizing committees are pushing different agendas for the rally, which could result in crowds well below the estimated 10,000 demonstrators hoped for by organizers.

The LAPD, however, would welcome a lower turnout compared to the massive crowds in previous years.

Back in 2007, police used what was later ruled to be excessive force on unruly demonstrators in MacArthur Park.

But now, Central Bureau Deputy Chief Jose Perez says a low-key but substantial police presence along the parade route should be enough to deal with any problems.

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Comments (7)
  1. ILLEGALS says:

    Cinco De Mayo NOT a Holiday in California yet???????

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Lock and load. 50 cals across the streets and in the park. Open fire when they enter the park and get into the streets. Endless supply of ammo and body bags. See, that is what they do in their home countries.Because when your an ILLEGAL ALIEN, you HAVE NO RIGHTS IN THE USA.

  2. rjsmitty says:

    Race based hate groups marching in downtown L.A.?

  3. c-gas says:

    Chief Beck will let the immigrants do whatever they want. He is a spineless total two-inch turd. All you freeloading bottom-feeding immigrants listen up: IF YOU DONT LIKE THE WAY THINGS ARE DONE IN THIS COUNTRY, GO BACK TO THE COUNTRY YOU CAME FROM!!!!!

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Go back to your country you came from and destroy that system. ILLEGAL ALIENS should not have any rights in the USA. They milk the system, drive wages to poverty levels and spread diseases that we eradicated years ago.

  4. Mike says:

    To hell with all the ILLEGALS!

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