San Diego police say the department has spent about $2.4 million [in taxpayer dollars] so far to patrol the Occupy San Diego demonstration that began nearly seven weeks ago.Similarly, Portland police say the department has spent more than $1 million to patrol the Occupy Portland demonstrations.
A police department statement Tuesday says the total includes nearly $144,000 in overtime costs. The remainder of the expenses stemmed from on-duty personnel reassigned from their regular duties to handle the ongoing demonstration.
Police Lt. Andra Brown estimates the average daily cost for the protest at $56,876.
It should be noted, though, that if everybody would pay their fair share of taxes, we could easily fund the Occupy Wall Street movement and have ample money left over to pay for the extra police patrols. But unless we throw the Republican bums out of office, this will never happen.....