Though Occupy Philly demonstrators say they can police themselves (they do, after all, have their own tech, sanitation and welcome center tents), Philadelphia police officers have maintained their presence at the City Hall protest. And it’s costing the city.
The Daily News reports the first five days of Occupy Philly cost $164,000. Occupiers are still there, meaning the roughly $32,800 per day price tag still applies.
Early numbers show more than $237,000 in police time devoted so far to the occupiers. That money is part of the budget and separate from overtime, and though officers haven’t been pulled from crime hot-spots, many have been relocated from their regular duties.
No occupy arrests have been made.
Feed the Feed: Should Occupy Philly be left to patrol itself, as desired, or is there a need for Philadelphia police to be on hand?