RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Leaders of the May Day March and Protest in Reno failed to get a permit for their event according to a Reno spokesperson. The group marched from the Reno City Plaza to Wingfield Park calling for immigrants rights and comprehensive immigration reform.
At times the group crossed city streets forcing officers to close down the streets. The City of Reno had to call-in 6 officers to help with crowd control and traffic. More officers would have been necessary to call-in if were not for the fact the march happened near a shift change and extra officers were readily available.
City officials tell News 4 they support the first amendment rights to protest, but events this size need to get permits because of the extra cost on city resources.
News 4 e-mailed four of the organizers of the event to see why they did not get a permit. We have not yet received a response.
A news release sent to News 4 said the march organizers included: "Mi Familia Vota- Immigration Reform for Nevada - Occupy Reno - PLAN - AHORA Latino Journal - AFGE - IWW- RISE -SMACC - others groups participating: AFL-CIO, SEIU Nevada and many others."