At the corner of Spring and 1st streets, about 150 President Trump supporters and self-described nationalists faced off with several hundred May Day protesters, exchanging insults as a line of helmeted LAPD officers kept them apart.
Holding signs that said said "Latinos for Trump," and "ICE ICE baby and "Deport illegals," the Trump supporters shouted "America First."
"We have the right to speak our minds," an African American man with a U.S. flag yelled into a megaphone. "I have the right to protect my family. You cannot take away my guns."
As two groups of demonstrators — several hundred people in all — marched slowly down Broadway, LAPD Capt. Phil Smith and Lt. German Hurtado hung back in their black-and-white SUV, watching the crowd ahead of them.
So far the crowd was peaceful.
"This is exactly what we want," Smith said a few minutes before noon.