That’s the cost of the vandalism and violence and fights with the cops that the occupiers seem to think are necessary to expressing themselves. Though, keep in mind that this total doesn’t include damage done to private property or fiscal harm done to businesses near the 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.
Just to put into perspective what these city officials are dealing with, get a load of the poop mountain that was discovered at Occupy Santa Cruz (via Ed Morrissey):
At least one incident on the county list wasn’t noted by the Sheriff’s Office: the discovery of an estimated 200 pounds of human feces near the county Veterans Memorial Building, just across the Water Street bridge from the camp.
The county called in a hazardous materials team to clean up the mess, and installed a security fence around the building, which is closed for renovations. There is no evidence that linked the excrement to the camp.
No evidence except for the fact that it was a mountain of human scat within walking distance of a major protest known for filth and public defecation.
But hey, maybe the Koch brothers planted the dookie to discredit the movement or something.