Costs rise as Wall Street protests continue

By Meghan Barr

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Oct. 10 2011 4:15 p.m. MDT

Protestor who are part of the "Occupy Boston" group are seen during a stand-off with Boston Police at the Charlestown Bridge in Boston, Monday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2011.

Josh Reynolds, Associated Press

NEW YORK — As Wall Street protesters gear up for another week in lower Manhattan, the cost of constant police surveillance is growing.

The New York Police Department has already spent nearly $2 million, mostly in overtime pay, to patrol the protest in recent weeks.

And with no end in sight, the price tag will continue to rise at a time when Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered city agencies to slash budgets.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has said the budget cuts may cause the cancellation of a new class of police officers entering the academy in January.

Protesters planned a march Monday evening. The Rev. Al Sharpton and rapper Kanye (KAHN'-yay) West also made impromptu appearances at the park.

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