Occupy LA Protests Cost Taxpayers $4.7 Million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Occupy Los Angeles cost city taxpayers $4.7 million, with most of the money spent on policing last year’s protests outside City Hall.

The Los Angeles Times says the LA Police Department spent $1.3 million monitoring protesters during the two-month demonstration, and an additional $1.3 million evicting them. Another $500,000 was spent by the Office of Public Safety, whose security officers protect city property.

The newspaper cites a report presented Friday by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana.

The total is $2 million higher than an estimate made in February.

The Times says the updated figure reflects recently reported police costs and the bill to rehabilitate City Hall Park and several monuments damaged by protesters. The city has received more than $400,000 in donations and rebates for the restoration project.

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