Taxpayer cost put at $4M for LA occupy protest

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(AP) – Last fall’s downtown Los Angeles Occupy protest cost taxpayers more than $4 million. The Los Angeles Daily News says the City Council’s budget committee was told on Monday that most of the money was for police and park personnel overtime.

The Occupy LA protesters, part of the nationwide anti-Wall Street social movement, took over the park outside City Hall for two months. The park reopened last month after a $1 million makeover. Some 1,400 police officers helped to evict the protesters on Dec. 1.

Those costs included $431,000 for the repairs to the lawn and a new sprinkler system. The General Services Department says it spent $571,753 to provide various items to the demonstrators and to clear the site of 25 tons of debris after they left.

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