"Los Angeles officials say the costs of police overtime and cleaning up
local parks due to the Occupy protests have nearly doubled to $5
million, as cities across the country continue to tally the protests’
A couple of things. First, when did the cost of free speech become a problem? I'm under a Permanent Injunction in Florida because, for one reason, a judge there thought it was getting too expensive for the county to allow us to protest.
Second, why do cities constantly overspend on Occupy? When I visited Denver there were up to 20 cops constantly surrounding the Occupy encampment there. NOTHING was going on. It was just a huge over-reaction by the city to some protester-campers. In the perhaps 12 hours I was there the city could have easily just had one cop there for most of that time (some of it was a march through city streets, so I can see the need there).
So the cities overspend, then whine that the protests are costing them too much. Ridiculous.