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‘Occupy Philly’ Costing Police Dept. $33,000 A Day In Overtime

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The “Occupy Philadelphia” protest at City Hall was in its sixth day on Tuesday, with several hundred protesters camping out on Dilworth Plaza.

Meanwhile, the cost of policing the protest is mounting.

The first five days of Occupy Philadelphia cost the police department $164,000 in overtime costs, or roughly $33,000 a day.

Police department spokesman Lt. Ray Evers says that does not take into account officers used on their regular shifts, who were pulled from other assignments.

“We have cops from certain police districts that are covering the protest gathering,” he explained.  “We also have officers from special units there.  So these officers are getting pulled from across the city to work the protest-gatherings.”

Evers won’t divulge the number of officers involved.

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("Occupy Philadelphia" protesters march around City Hall on October 8th. Credit: Ben Bowens)


A spokesman for the mayor says other departments — such as the Streets Department — have incurred costs as well for the protest, though figures for that were not yet available.

In New York City, where the “Occupy Wall Street” protest is much larger and of longer duration, the overtime bill is put at nearly $2 million.  Officials there say a police academy class may have to be canceled as a result.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn

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  • dee

    its MY tax dollars and i say better spent here then on what i already paid out to city council memebers and the DROP program .

  • sammysamples

    They should have the protest at a donut shop. Then you wouldn’t have to worry about cops not being around or having a place to pee. As much as I agree with these people I think the real problem is political greed, blatantly taking bribes and lobbyist’s money(sometimes just calling the bribes”contributions to their party) to let the corporations do whatever they want. Until we make lobbying illegal the country doesn’t have a chance of rebounding with our greedy politicians.

  • stanchaz

    And just how much has it cost to bail out “our” corrupt bankers???? Come on CBS, stop making your one percent corporate bias SO obvious by highlighting these kind of stories. Please start reflecting the people, not the bankers!

  • CC

    Dear Mayor Nutter,
    Please put the additional police to good use and issues fines for loitering, for littering, curfew, excessive noise. what ever laws are still on the books and use it to raise the money to pay for the police and sanitation crews. or better yet, just pull the police out – let’s see how long they stick around when the usual night life comes out to greet them.

  • Paul

    Tear gas is relatively inexpensive.

    • anon513

      Don’t know if I would go that route (tear gas) what with some of those folks having their children down there with them. It’s not the childrens’ fault that they have irresponsible parents who would even subject them to such things. Frankly, I think it’s parental neglect and bordering on abuse to have the children in such unsanitary conditions. This should be looked into from a ‘parental neglect/abuse’ standpoint.

      • keylolo

        What about the children around the world who are born and raised in conditions similar to these everyday. What abot corporate neglect/abuse?

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  • Nick

    GarySellersville, I’m confused. You wrote “Also, you don’t see anywhere that the Tea Party organiized meetings cost the taxpayer NOTHING!” Are you trying to communicate that the Tea Party protests cost the city nothing or that you don’t see where in the article that it was written that the TP protests were free? C’mon, man, COMMUNICATE. It’s not hard! Even illiterate, unemployed, filthy Occupy protestors can do it better than you can.

    • CC

      the tea party had a sit in and camped out for how many days?

  • Dave

    These vagrants are pulling money from the pockets of the very people they say they represent;working class tax payers! Where are they going to the bathroom? Porta-Potties? Is the owner of the Porta-Pottie Company one of those uber rich Wall Street types they are against? Hmmm……these people are short-sighted,insulated brats that need to get a job.

    • anon513

      I saw on the news this morning that several of them said they are using the underground subway station for their bathroom. And the news anchor said he stayed in the fox 29 tent for one night and the whole place is ‘funky’ and ‘stinky’ because there is no place for them to shower. I would not want to want to cover this story for all the TEA in China. Not if I have to be up close and personal with those people. Yeeeesh!!

      • anon513

        Error: That should read: “I would not want to cover …….”. Sorry.

      • anon513

        keylolo: FYI, I do take the subway everyday to and from work, thank you. And I’m probably one of the most ‘humble’ people you could know. And I still think it’s not the best situation for ANYBODY to be in. Especially children. NO children should be subject to this kind of living. I wish I could help all those children around the world, but, much like you, I can’t.

      • keylolo

        Thos people you are reffering to are human beings and they represent a vary large population here in AMERICA. The subway has been used as a bathroom since FOREVER and now it gets media attention. do you even ride the subway?,I do every day!!! Careful you may be humbled to the level of these people you don’t want to be up close and personal with.

    • Sau Sage Fingerz

      …and putting those dollars into the pockets of police officers. You have no point.

  • GarySellersville

    Nutter could make a bundle by enforcing the curfew with fines. Also, you don’t see anywhere that the Tea Party organiized meetings cost the taxpayer NOTHING!

  • Angry Revolutionary

    The city should charge the organizers of the rally. Seriously why should my tax dollars go to support these people? The city want to make sure if flexes its’ muscle when it comes to shafting the Mummers when it comes to paying for police and clean up costs.

    • Sau Sage Fingerz

      You are ignorant. The #occupy movement is leaderless. There is nobody to charge. You should educate yourself before spouting off on the internet. There is nothing revolutionary about you.

    • PJB

      I agree, they should be charged all costs for protecting and clean up after them.

      Besides, this yuppie protest lacks direction, purpose, and sense. Look around the world and see what real protesting is. You have to have a clear stand, clear demands, and courage to fight for what you believe in.

      • keylolo

        Your tax dollars?? I am sure the police officers getting the overtime are not complaining.

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