``We have no plan at this time to go into the park and evict people,'' Smith said. ``That could change in the near future, but right now we are hoping to clear the streets, and that'll be the end and people can relax for a little while.''
Clark Davis, an OccupyLA organizer, said to Smith and a group of officers standing by, ``You guys have been fantastic.''
But some protesters expressed suspicion at word of a reprieve, saying it could be a ploy by police to get them to let down their guard.
SUPPORTERS RALLY TO BOLSTER CAMP
The Los Angeles encampment is among the oldest and largest on the West Coast aligned with a 2-month-old national Occupy Wall Street movement protesting economic inequality, high unemployment and excesses of the U.S. financial system.
Staking its place since Oct. 1 on the grounds surrounding City Hall, the compound has grown to roughly 400 tents and 700 to 800 people, organizers and municipal officials said. At least a third are believed to be homeless.
By Sunday night the size of the crowd outside City Hall swelled further as supporters from organized labor, clergy, civil rights and other groups streamed into the area, answering a call for an eleventh-hour show of support for the campers.
Police estimated the overall number of protesters, some wearing gas masks, had grown to at least 2,000.
Police, who had kept out of sight during the day, began to make their presence known as the eviction deadline came and went, and the mood of the protesters, which had been calm and festive, turned more boisterous and rowdy.