LAPD estimates that there was a crowd of just 600 people outside the Staples Center. CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy said there were less than 1,000 people outside.Three thousand officers assigned to handle 600 people? I've handled more people than that with two officers at a basketball game. Of course, I was expecting 600 people. Crowds at my hometown basketball games are easy to predict.
Police was prepared to handle 250,000. Three thousand LAPD officers were assigned to the memorial. That's more than were on hand for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
I bet that the LAPD was in full crowd control mode, with detailed charts and officer assignments. 3,000 officers assigned. 600 people showed up. Those officers made some good overtime. Nothing to do but stand on the corner and wave at people. That's a good detail.