MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Hennepin County sheriff’s office says its costs of patrolling a downtown Minneapolis protest have topped $200,000 in just over two weeks.

As of Sunday, the sheriff’s office says the OccupyMN protest has cost it more than $128,000 in overtime and $71,300 in regular pay since the protest began Oct. 7.

Seven people have been given trespass notices since group began occupying the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza.

The sheriff’s office says Hennepin County Security found a box of bricks of rocks on the plaza Monday, with a note saying they were supplies for a riot.

Robert Schroedl, an organizer for the protesters’ own security detail, says the bricks were left by a person who has not been involved in the occupation, but has shown up to cause disruptions.

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Comments (16)
  1. Mike says:

    “The sheriff’s office says Hennepin County Security found a box of bricks of rocks on the plaza Monday, with a note saying they were supplies for a riot.”

    It proves once again how low Republicans or Tea Baggers will stoop to show contempt for their adversaries…………………..

    1. Break out the riot gear!!!! says:


  2. stung4ever says:

    Very simple solution to pay for the protests:

    Whenever the protestors are doing something illegal, don’t arrest them. They want that, and it costs money to detain them.

    Just have cops make a circuit every hour, and ticket them. Discourages the activity, and brings in money.

    1. Sam says:

      100% agreement here.

      Don’t get me wrong. I support the protest. But if the protesters are doing something illegal, make them pay for it, rather than making everyone else pay for it.

  3. j speedbag 64 says:

    hey they like being cops so why dont they work for free,aint doing nothing but standing around anyway,now theres a waste of taxpayers hard earned cash

  4. fkafka says:

    Take that 200k right out the 300K they claimed to have raised. I didn’t know diaper changing was so expensive.

    1. Reality sucks says:

      Considering the name you have chosen for yourself, you should then understand their freedoms and their understanding of any consequence of their actions. Or, are you just coughing up existentialism? Seems to me, this County has some difficulty understanding the cost of such legal protest. Is this the first protest MN has had to police? Does it even require police? Call me cynical, but their probably milkin’ it. It’s not a riot—it’s a protest.

      1. Jake says:

        No, I wouldn’t call it a riot — YET. You can call it a protest if you want, but I would think that a better term to use would be EXTORTION. They are demanding something that they never earned, I.e. forgiveness of student loan debt and mortgage forclosures, they made a lot of collective stupid personal decisions that put them in a bad spot, and they want the taxPAYERS to ‘bail them out’. Most have never served their country, stooped down to work even a menial job to TRY to pay back what they owe, and they won’t relocate to areas within the country where jobs are more plentiful and pay better. THEN, they put on this stupid protest, costing cash-strapped taxPAYERS even more in security costs. Just because their hasn’t been a riot doesn’t mean that there wouldn’t be one WITHOUT a law enforcement presence, so don’t insult out intelligence. If the cops weren’t there at all, there would be total MAYHEM in downtown Mpls. Then people would say, “Why weren’t the cops there??”. You socialist libs are so predictable, it isn’t even funny.

        1. Reality sucks says:

          You have a very narrow understanding of OWS. But, you are known on these boards for having that distinctive narrow view so, I understand. Carry on.

    2. Jake says:

      You forgot about the pacifiers…..

  5. TL the alligator says:

    ….the cost factor sounds like BS to me, its embellished and completely false. The cost is police presence that does not need to be…..if the cops came around when and if there were to be a problem is one thing but to have many of them just hovering around in case something MIGHT happen is just wasteful usage of resources and poor police management…..the cops have WASTED their manpower and resources yet again chasing “might happens” and “could bes”……….the problem here is not the protesters but the police.

    1. Bill Clintons Cigar says:

      How true…and the rapist is not the problem…..its the victim…..did your parents have any children that survived?

  6. Kevin says:

    Let them hang out…winter is coming. They will be in mommies basement in a month….

  7. Rags says:

    We badly need some cold rain changing to snow to chase these vermin back where they came from. Go sleep in the union halls, losers.

  8. C.Heston says:

    WHAT? Sheriff-Go right to city work,grab a payloader and go scoop up them smelly,lazy, rotten hippy ba—-ds and dump em in the city dump where they belong. Better yet,there is a mansion on Summit Avenue,dump em with their own kind!

  9. Mark says:

    To all of you nay sayers on this board;

    All of the protesters are entitled to the same rights as all other United States Citizens. If you have forgotten, it’s a simple thing called the United States Constitution and is contained in the First Ammendment. It reads as follows:

    “Congress shall amke no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibitting the free excercise therof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peacably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    I know you might not agree in this case because you don’t agree with this movement, but we have as much right as the tea party to protest what we see as wrong.

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