MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Occupy Minnesota protest, which has demonstrated on Hennepin County’s Government Plaza since Oct. 7, has cost the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office nearly $300,000, a county spokesperson said.

Lisa Kiava, the communications director for the county sheriff’s office, released numbers on Monday that said the Occupy demonstration has cost police $155,664 in regular time pay and $137,484 in overtime pay – a total of $293,148.

The numbers showed that from Oct. 7 to Nov. 27, authorities made eight arrests, gave out 35 trespass notices, responded to nine medical incidents, six incidents of property damage and one indecent exposure incident.

These numbers did not include Minneapolis Police Department arrests.

According to an Associated Press survey, the Occupy Wall Street movement has cost local taxpayers nationwide at least $13 million in police overtime and other services.

Comments (29)
  1. commonsense says:

    Shouldn’t this be retitled to something along the lines of “Hennepin County costs the tax payers…”

    These were peaceful demonstrations that did NOT require police presence.

  2. Kevin says:

    So I guess the working class…ummm…I mean the 99% will be paying for this…….as the 1% sits back and laughs……

  3. Govt says:

    Lisa Kiava, the communications director for the county sheriff’s office, released numbers on Monday that said the Occupy demonstration has cost police $155,664 in regular time pay and $137,484 in overtime pay – a total of $293,148.

    DId the reporter mean this is the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office total cost or are they including any type of MPD costs (if there are any since the protest is on Hennepin County property) since the word “police” was used. Lazy journalism at its best…

    1. Headline Correction says:

      Authorities: Wall Street Costs Sheriff’s Office $293,148

  4. Murph says:

    If they had left them alone it would have cost nobody anything. They have a right to peaceful protest! The GOP wants to take away all your rights.So the south can rise again…ya right! The song lyric ‘feels like your winning ,when yer losing again ,ring any bells with the GOP/! Their candidate for 2012 who or whatever it happens to be,will lose! 30 million senior citizens will visit the polls,they always do! Bye,bye,bird s*** !

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  5. Mr. Always Right says:

    these idiots will accomplish nothing, eventually the cold will get to them and they will go home with a bunch of wasted tax payers dollars spent

  6. Reality sucks says:

    By March of 2009—taxpayers had forked over 7.77 trillion to TARP. So 13 million spent across the nation thus far tells me that OWS has many months left to go. GO OCCUPIERS!

  7. G Dog says:

    Freedom isn’t free.

    If you want to be slaves to the wealthy, by all means criticize the Occupy folks.

    Personally, I’m sick and tired of paying the price of democracy while the rich fund the Tea Baggers and sit back in their mansions and laugh.

    1. Murph says:

      I’m with you there! A truism well spoken!

    2. Blah Blah says:

      So what have YOU done to change that, besides b*tching?

    3. G Doggeddddd says:

      You want “freedom”, then you should be protesting the drug war. Protesting seat-belt laws. Protesting indoor smoking bans. Protesting a regressive tax that unfairly takes more from certain people, just as it would be unfair to charge Indian women more for a sandwich. Hell, let’s take it to the next level though- True freedom would bar the government from even concerning itself in the matter. How can I be “free” if the government is telling me how much to charge who for a sandwich? How can I be free if our elected officials don’t think I am responsible enough to handle a large energy-drink beer?

      Based on your vocabulary and hysterics I assume you are not the least bit interested in “freedom”. Probably just some free stuff.

      1. Citizen says:

        @G et al. I’m not sure what your rant is about. G Dog was stating that the price of freedom is “eternal vigilance” and that vigilance comes with a cost of either military intervention or the personal cost of putting yourself on the line to protest.

  8. Obv. says:

    $300,000, but let me list the things they’ve accomplished. Um nevermind

    1. #1 Accomplishment says:

      They got your attention!

    2. Citizen says:

      They started a national dialog about the inequities in the tax system that is rigged toward the wealthy. They started a dialog about the greed in Wall Street. They started a dialog about mortgage foreclosures and the banks. They started a dialog about First Amendment rights and the right to peaceful protest. And for the most part, everything was peaceful in comparison to the Civil Rights movement, women’s movement, and peace movements of the 1960’s. So, bravo to OWS, and shame on the law enforcement officials who wasted this money on them.

      1. desert eagle .50 says:

        « They started a dialog about the greed in Wall Street. They started a dialog about mortgage foreclosures and the banks.»

        What abouit the greedy homebuyers who signed the mortgages they could never repay? Yes, the banks are guilty of offering terms to tempt the greedy, but the greedy signed on the dotted line. Greed is not limited to Wall St and the banks.

        Yes, the banks should agree to recast the loans, but why should they be vilified for greed when they are only 1 side of the contract?

        Greed, sloth, and envy. That is what will destroy America. And it’s not just one group of people either.

        1. Citizen says:

          I encourage you, desert eagle, to read today’s blog by the Dismal Political Economist. He expels a lot of the history and myths surrounding the mortgage foreclosures and banking failures. Too long to post here. The 7 deadly sins have been around forever and have yet to destroy the human race let alone America.

          1. desert eagle .50 says:

            I read it. It’s one man’s opinion. A bleeding heart liberal no less. Fact remains that greedy homebuyers signed those mortgages and now whine about the “banks.”

            So since the 7 deadly sins haven’t yet destroyed the world, you’re OK with them? Oh yeah, except for the “banks.”

            1. Citizen says:

              So, how is you can read into the fact the 7 deadly sins haven’t yet destroyed the world to somehow mean I agree with them? Incredulous that you can make the leap from the fact that human foibles have not destroyed the world to me as a person endorsing those sins. Quite the leap. And if you read any more of the Dismal Political Economist, you would know he/she is no bleeding heart liberal. But again, you make quite the leap of imagination and interpretation. Read more of the Dismal Political Economist, and then read some of Jim Hightower’s newsletter. Keep reading, I think you can learn.

    3. Realist says:

      You’re commenting on the movement. Whether your comments are positive or negative, merely engaging in conversation about the movement is an accomplishment in itself.

  9. Time for Change says:

    “Every generation needs a new revolution.” – Thomas Jefferson

  10. Frankie says:

    So the the Hennipen County sheriff and the MPD patrol a peaceful event. Pehaps Stanek and and Dolan need to rethink their prorities

  11. A Voter says:

    Didn’t the Sheriff of Ramsey County, and Police Chief of St. Paul lose their jobs over the way they handled the protests during the RNC in St. Paul?

    1. frozenrunner says:

      Fletcher was voted out, it was more his personality

  12. Samuel says:

    The sheriff CHOSE to spend the money.

    They didn’t need to. Have you been inside the government center? There’s always around 10 to 15 uniforms standing around with their fingers up their butts. That is where the real waste is.

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