Police OT Cost For Occupy Protests Concern Raleigh, Charlotte Officials

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The cost of a constant police presence at protests in some North Carolina cities inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement is starting to worry some officials, but protesters say the round-the-clock monitoring isn't necessary.

Raleigh police estimate they've spent roughly $1,500 a day in overtime costs since the middle of October monitoring the protesters' camp at the old state Capitol building. Charlotte police estimate the cost of a round-the-clock presence at the protest in the Queen City to be over $105,000 since Oct. 1.

But Occupy Raleigh demonstrator Joseph Huberman says most people who pass by the demonstrators are friendly, and that there's been no serious trouble.

Other cities with protester encampments, like Chapel Hill, don't have 24-hour police presence at their demonstrations.


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