Quiet Cinco De Mayo in Bay Area - NBC Bay Area

Quiet Cinco De Mayo in Bay Area

Police in San Jose said things were quiet for May 5, 2012



    Police Prepare For Annual Cinco De Mayo Celebrations

    San Jose police were out in force to keep Cinco De Mayo celebrations from getting out of hand. They were concerned about rowdy crowds and possible violence. NBC Bay Area's Kimberly Tere has the story (Published Sunday, May 6, 2012)

    Law enforcement agencies around the Bay Area had extra officers on the streets for what turned out to be a quiet Cinco De Mayo here in the Bay Area.

    Police did not have any arrest details as of 7 a.m. Sunday morning, but there were no major disturbances. A spokesperson told NBC Bay Area there were a few dozen citations overnight; most for traffic violations.

    "We've had worse years. That's not to say nothing happened,'' San Jose police officer Jose Garcia told the San Jose Mercury News. ``There are times when we've had pretty major incidents.''

    There were no reports of vandalism to private or public property, according to police.

    San Jose canceled the annual Cinco de Mayo parade and festival after 2010 because of violence associated with the celebration.

    Hundreds if not thousands of people still flock downtown each year on May 5 for an unofficial street party. 

    Police said they implemented their vehicular diversion plan Saturday night which forced cars off of certain streets. Police said that did the trick when it came to any escalation of some fights that were breaking out.

    The intersection of Story and King roads was also a popular spot to find people celebrating.

    San Jose police released this breakdown of Cinco De Mayo arrests:

    (67) Traffic citations
    (9) San Jose Municipal Code citation
    (5) Felony Warrant arrests
    (3) Misdemeanor Warrant arrest
    (4) Public Intoxication arrests
    (1) Driving Under the Influence arrest
    (1) Narcotics arrest
    (7) Possession of Deadly Weapon arrests
    (2) Assault with a deadly weapon arrest
    (2) Probation violation arrest
    (1) Parole violation arrest
    (2) Fighting in public arrests
    (1) Possession of a firearm arrest
    (1) Assault on a police horse arrest
    (12) Juveniles taken into protective custody for curfew violation and taken to the curfew center, which operated from 9:30 to 1:30 a.m.  The juveniles were released to their parents.   

    Festivities got an early start in San Jose Friday night and included more than 20 arrests in the downtown area, according to San Jose police.