Occupy L.A. protesters remain mostly peaceful in faceoff with police
Facing off with Occupy L.A. protesters on the streets in front of City Hall, police said they were hoping to avoid making any arrests.
About 1:45 a.m., demonstrators who had earlier poured onto the streets had congregated back at the intersection of First and Spring streets in front of City Hall. Police in riot gear were lined up nearby, but protesters remained mostly peaceful.
"We’re going to do this as gently as possible,” Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. “Our goal is to not arrest anybody."
Some protesters walked up to police, holding up peace signs and taking photos. A few officers were carrying on conversations with protesters.
One officer shared a laugh with a protester, who said, "You can`t hurt somebody that smiles at you."
Some protester yelled, "Save police pensions!" "They`re not getting overtime!"
Photo: Police block a group of Occupy L.A. protesters who had swarmed onto the street Monday morning. Credit: Mark Boster