The Colorado State Patrol, the Denver Sheriff’s Office and Denver’s police department are devoting significant manpower to the protests to keep crowds under control, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime…
While the state has yet to release its costs for the protests, the City and County of Denver spent nearly $365,000 through Friday on officer and deputy overtime, as well as park cleanup, according to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s office…
As for the Occupy Denver costs, Hancock says he’s continuing to monitor the costs, as they will certainly grow with this weekend’s march.
"Right now, I can’t specifically stipulate where it’s going to come from," he said. "Some departments may say, ‘We can move some things around to help cover the cost of overtime,’ but we’ll see how it all shakes out."
Occupy Denver costs through Friday
Denver Police Department - $237,000
Denver Sheriff’s Department - $116,000
Denver Health - $10,000
Public Works - $1,300
Environmental Health - $500
Source: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s Office
Scumbag mayor uses SWAT enforcement on a peaceful protest, then blames the protesters for the absurd cost.