That’s $13 million dollars that could have gone to much worthier causes. Well, pretty much anything is a more worthy cause than lying around covered in your own feces and urine, whining and moaning about your pathetic existence and creating a crime wave across the land.
These lowlifes are costing us all money, yet at the same time they go and bail out domestic terrorists while claiming to be peaceful. The backlash has already begun, and when taxpayers realize how much they’re coughing up to keep these mutants in order, then you’ll really see some protests.
During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, according to a survey by The Associated Press.
The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps. And the steepest costs by far piled up in New York City and Oakland, Calif., where police clashed with protesters on several occasions.
The AP gathered figures from government agencies in 18 cities with active protests and focused on costs through Nov. 15, the day protesters were evicted from New York City’s Zuccotti Park, where the protests began Sept. 17 before spreading nationwide. The survey did not attempt to tally the price of all protests but provides a glimpse into costs to cities large and small.
Broken down city by city, the numbers are more or less in line with the cost of policing major public events and emergencies. In Los Angeles, for example, the Michael Jackson memorial concert cost the city $1.4 million. And Atlanta spent several million dollars after a major snow and ice storm this year.
But the price of the protests is rising by the day – along with taxpayer ire in some places.
“What is their real agenda?” asked Rodger Mawhinney as he watched police remove an encampment outside his apartment complex in downtown Oakland. “I’ve gone up and asked them, `What are you truly trying to accomplish?’ I’m still waiting for an answer.”
You’re going to be waiting a long time, Rodger, but make sure to keep your checkbook handy.