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Occupy protests cost local taxpayers $13 million so far

In the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests have cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, an Associated Press survey found.

The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps. And the steepest costs by far piled up in New York City and Oakland, Calif.

The AP gathered figures from government agencies in 18 cities with active protests and focused on costs through Nov. 15, the day protesters were evicted from New York City's Zuccotti Park, where the protests began Sept. 17.

Broken down city by city, the numbers are more or less in line with the cost of policing major public events and emergencies. In Los Angeles, for example, the Michael Jackson memorial concert cost the city $1.4 million.

Here are the top five costs:

• NEW YORK CITY: More than $7 million.

• OAKLAND: About $2.4 million.

• PORTLAND, Ore.: About $785,000.

• ATLANTA: About $651,942.

• SEATTLE: $625,999.

Occupy protests cost local taxpayers $13 million so far 11/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:59pm]
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