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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  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    The cold weather will thin out these losers..give it time they'll leave on their own.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:30 PM
    Send the bill to Barrack Obama who started this with his class warfare rehtoric. Mr. Divider not uniter.
  • by John Location: NC on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:28 PM
    If I was a police officer. Maybe I would thank the protesters for the overtime pay. Are these N.C. COPS in a Union? Like NYC COPS
  • by Trouble on Nov 2, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Just the fact that they are causing a problem with police should be enough to show thewm they AREN'T doing something positive.
  • by Fritz Location: Chocowinity on Nov 2, 2011 at 06:11 PM
    Can anybody read what the protest sign says?
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      by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM in reply to Fritz
      "With rebellion, awareness is born."

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