Seattle and Portland Police presence increases as May Day nears

Seattle and Portland Police presence increases as May Day nears

Credit: KING

A Seattle Police officer watches over downtown Seattle next to Niketown ahead of May Day protests, April 30, 2013.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Expect to see a larger police presence in downtown Seattle Tuesday, one day before May Day celebrations and protests.

Police and businesses are hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened last May Day when anarchists made their way into the crowd and vandalized businesses and other buildings.

Over 500 Seattle Police officers will work on May Day. They have gone through special training on crowd control. They are being ordered to move in at the first sign of trouble – everything from damaging property to harming bystanders.

The police captain overseeing the May Day enforcement says use of pepper spray is not out of the question.

Groups who plan to march peacefully say they don’t want their message overshadowed by what anarchists could do.

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