Who Wasted $13 Million Policing Occupy Protests?

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Natalie W and Aaron Cynic write at Diatribe Media:

At present, estimates from various cities across North America have highlighted various operational costs of policing Occupy movements in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. According to officials surveyed by the Associated Press, Occupy Wall Street has cost New York City a reported $7 million, Occupy Oakland $2.4 million, Occupy Portland at least $785,000, and those numbers continue to grow as cities continue to deploy riot police to raid or destroy various Occupy encampments. Some may argue that the nationwide Occupy movements waste taxpayer money by tying up police resources in attempts to assemble in public spaces. The argument is flawed, however. City administrations make the choice to spend money on policing Occupy protests.

The mass arrests at peaceful demonstrations prove how removed government is from the needs of its people and how determined it is to silence or ignore the very people it has been created to protect. We, the taxpayers, are all paying money into and for a corrupt system that is persecuting its own people and their first amendment rights. Theoretically, we the 99 percent are paying through taxes, the police and the mayor to represent us and our interests and betterment. What we support with our beliefs, words and dollars should not be a shoeshine for the boot-heel crushing our throat. When the government uses taxpayer monies to violate first amendment rights and the right to peaceably assemble, elected officials choke us all with our hard earned money. The movement of the 99 percent sputters at the incredulity of a broken system.

When police departments commit these free speech violations and ignoring the right to peaceably assemble sponsored by taxpayer dollars, in taxpayers’ names, with taxpayer complacency, all of the taxpaying population is victimized as well. Our collective dollars are funneled toward the abuse and the violence perpetrated against fellow, peaceful people. These peaceful humans, in thousands of cities worldwide, are working towards bettering society overall, improving life for everyone. It’s apparent how deeply the system has cracked since resources for education, employment support, insurance support are instead earmarked and wastefully spent on silencing our voices. The political and justice system have been used brutally to repress this social movement whose goals include establishing direct dialogue, increasing political awareness, combating apathy, and reshaping the concept of community in a peaceful, supportive manner. The system that every one of us pay into is implemented against us to stop that communication and evolution from occurring.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    > Wasted $13 Million Policing Occupy Protests
           
    $13 Million is about
    * a 4 minute money burn in Bumphuckistant
    * a day’s coffee break money for Congress
    * what it costs the FBI to set-up and frame a “terroist”
    * a half second of interest on the nation debt

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > Wasted $13 Million Policing Occupy Protests
           
    $13 Million is about
    * a 4 minute money burn in Bumphuckistant
    * a day’s coffee break money for Congress
    * what it costs the FBI to set-up and frame a “terroist”
    * a half second of interest on the nation debt

  • simple minded

    they only way to make them do something is to hit them in the wallets. If you want the police you need to pay because they have their own views. Let the suits come push the people out themselves 

  • simple minded

    they only way to make them do something is to hit them in the wallets. If you want the police you need to pay because they have their own views. Let the suits come push the people out themselves 

  • Nunzio X

    What’s $13 million? A drop in the bucket compared to the cost of buying Congresspeople. 

  • Nunzio X

    What’s $13 million? A drop in the bucket compared to the cost of buying Congresspeople. 

    • Heath

      Difference here is we will be the ones paying for it, not the lobbyist groups, big corporations, we the people will be footing that bill. Whats 13 million? a lot of food for people who can’t afford it, perhaps some housing. Maybe a NFP that trains people to have a trade or a craft.

      On the other side of things, its worth every penny to make aware our goverments corruption and malcontent for our constitutional rights. No war is without a bill. 

  • guessed

    this is beautifully ironic

  • guessed

    this is beautifully ironic

  • simple minded

    who made the rules that we follow? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNbFR62_HU0

  • simple minded

    who made the rules that we follow? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNbFR62_HU0

  • Heath

    Difference here is we will be the ones paying for it, not the lobbyist groups, big corporations, we the people will be footing that bill. Whats 13 million? a lot of food for people who can’t afford it, perhaps some housing. Maybe a NFP that trains people to have a trade or a craft.

    On the other side of things, its worth every penny to make aware our goverments corruption and malcontent for our constitutional rights. No war is without a bill. 

  • Unworthy

    So basically, Americans are spending 13 million dollars to beat themselves up and take their own rights away. Seems like normal American logic to me… 

  • Unworthy

    So basically, Americans are spending 13 million dollars to beat themselves up and take their own rights away. Seems like normal American logic to me… 

  • Red_fred

    Wow, talk about one-sided.

    I certainly agree that some of the police actions at the Occupy protests are out of line. Some of them have endangered public health by crapping in the street. Some have blocked the roads, preventing the 99% from going to work and creating a traffic hazard, if not a fire risk, as with the bonfires in Oakland. There have also been some drug overdoses and assaults associated with the Occupy protests. The protesters are not all innocent victims, and pretending otherwise is disingenuous. I expect one-sidedness from Fox News, but from Disinfo? For shame…

  • Red_fred

    Wow, talk about one-sided.

    I certainly agree that some of the police actions at the Occupy protests are out of line. Some of them have endangered public health by crapping in the street. Some have blocked the roads, preventing the 99% from going to work and creating a traffic hazard, if not a fire risk, as with the bonfires in Oakland. There have also been some drug overdoses and assaults associated with the Occupy protests. The protesters are not all innocent victims, and pretending otherwise is disingenuous. I expect one-sidedness from Fox News, but from Disinfo? For shame…