HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – New figures show Hartford spent almost $45,000 in overtime for police and public works crews as part of its response to the Occupy Hartford encampment.
The Hartford Courant reports more than $37,000 of the cost was for police overtime, including the Dec. 6 action to clear away the activists’ campsite in downtown Hartford.
Occupy Hartford was an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has inspired similar anti-corporate occupations nationwide. New Haven’s encampment remains in place.
City leaders cited public safety concerns when they sent officers to evict Hartford participants from the city-owned land.
Some Occupy Hartford activists say they consider the overtime costs to be wasteful, especially since a significant number of officers were deployed for the Dec. 6 eviction though very few protesters were still there.
Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com
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