published Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Occupy protests cost taxpayers at least $13 million

Occupiers Howard Hayes and Heidi Davis (left to right) talk amongst Occupy Chattanooga's tents just after sunset near the Hamilton County Courthouse on Thursday. The group holds general assemblies most nights at 7 p.m. to discuss the day's events and address any issues that might have occurred during the day.
Occupiers Howard Hayes and Heidi Davis (left to right) talk amongst Occupy Chattanooga's tents just after sunset near the Hamilton County Courthouse on Thursday. The group holds general assemblies most nights at 7 p.m. to discuss the day's events and address any issues that might have occurred during the day.
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A survey by The Associated Press shows the Occupy movement has cost local taxpayers nationwide at least $13 million since the protests began.

The data was collected from government agencies in 18 cities with active protests. The numbers reflect costs incurred through Nov. 15, the day protesters were evicted from the New York City encampment.

The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps. The steepest costs were in New York and Oakland, Calif., where police clashed with protesters on several occasions.

The costs in each city are more or less in line with the price of policing major public events and emergencies. But the price of the protests is rising by the day.

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chattcitizen said...

for all you idiots that believed occupy wasn't costing anything...you, like our current commander in chief have simply pushed this once great nation further into debt. What is it that you hoped to achieve again? Didn't take a genius to have the foresight to see this.

November 23, 2011 at 11:33 a.m.
acerigger said...

How many cops should it take to monitor non-violent protestors? I think they just like to show off their shiny new riot gear.(paid for by ,you guessed it, the American taxpayer)

November 23, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.
patriot1 said...

These Occupoopers need to go back home and live with mom and dad since they obviously are not capable of surviving in the real world.

November 23, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
Jemmy said...

Occupiers are the true patriots. They are testifying to the obvious truth, that the 1 percent has killed the American Dream for their own private, selfish profit. Has any society in human history remained vital and healthy when the distribution of wealth is as skewed as it is in modern America?

November 23, 2011 at 6:56 p.m.
acerigger said...

patriot1 said...

These Occupoopers need to go back home and live with mom and dad since they obviously are not capable of surviving in the real world. You'd better look more closely at who exactly IS participating in these demonstrations,you obviously know nothing more than what Rush/FAUX tells you.

November 23, 2011 at 7:55 p.m.
Shelby1 said...

Occupiers true patriots? Give me a break! The Occupiers do not have a common goal/agenda, this is their weakest link and will cause their demise.

November 24, 2011 at 6:53 a.m.
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