BOSTON (AP) — Boston spent $1.4 million on police overtime at the Occupy Boston encampment, but overall police overtime was down in 2011 by about 6 percent.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

About 200 people camped out in Dewey Square for two months to protest economic inequality before police dismantled the encampment on Dec. 10 citing public safety and health.

A media representative for Occupy Boston tells the Boston Herald there was no need to spend $1.4 million to patrol and dismantle the encampment because protesters were “not an armed gang.”

City payroll figures released Thursday show that eight of the top ten highest paid city employees last year were police officers, whose pay is boosted by overtime and detail pay.

School superintendent Carol Johnson was the highest paid city employee at more than $323,000.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (8)
  1. Dave_D says:

    As usual the Boston Police use any excuse to milk the public for everything that they can get. Disgusting!

  2. Rob says:

    It is not the Boston Police who are at fault for all this overtime, it is the occupy group that cost the city this money. Occupy people across the country have cost the taxpayers countless millions for nothing. They have not brought any change to finacial institutions across the land. The only thing they have done is destroy public and private property.. They are a waste!!!

  3. Dennis says:

    A media representative? I thought this occupy movement was intentionally leaderless.

    During this occupy movement, I took a look at the requirements to hold an event at a public location within Boston. Permits, insurance, details, sanitary facilities etc. Occupy Boston didn’t adhere to any of these, and the city coddled them for several weeks.

    Another thing that gets overlooked when the media reports these costs to the city is the event (some food festival) that was supposed to take place in Dewey Square that had to be cancelled because of Occupy Boston. There was a revenue opportunity for the city that was lost.

  4. jaygee says:

    I wonder what the response is from those proclaiming to represent the “99%” who will wind up paying for their juvenile pseudo-protest? One of the problems here was that the Mayor of Boston allowed these slobs to stay there as long as they did. Next time they try this stunt, just bring out the water hoses on the second day.

  5. foolishness says:

    so the protesters run up a huge bill and pay nothing while the police take full advantage of the opportunity for all kinds of overtime…….. what’s new here? typical Massachusetts

  6. donny says:

    Curious: What the 2004 Democratic Convention cost?

    1. fred says:

      I don’t know what the cost was but there was a big labor dispute between the Boston Police and the city that almost proved to be a huge embarrassment to the Mayor, John Kerry, Ted kennedy and all other local democrats if Governor Mitt Romney had not helped to mediate the situation. Police picketing the convention would not have looked too good for the party of organized crime, I mean organized labor.

  7. Dave_D says:

    Wonder what the cost of Super Bowl Sunday night police OT was. They were everywhere.

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