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By the numbers: Breaking down Occupy Atlanta's price tag

ATLANTA -- The last few weeks have seen an escalating turf war between Occupy Atlanta protestors and the City of Atlanta, culminating in last week's arrests at Woodruff Park.

The whole thing has brought a rather hefty price tag; Mayor Kasim Reed says Occupy Atlanta cost the city $451,691 between October 7th and 25th.

According to numbers released by the Mayor's office, the majority went toward police overtime: $345,110. During the arrests, at least 150 officers were stationed in and around Woodruff Park and the entire department was ordered to work 12-hour shifts.

Atlanta Fire and Rescue and Department of Corrections also racked up overtime: $11,032 and $64,287 respectively.

According to Department of Corrections Chief Patrick Labat, there were nearly 300 corrections officers involved in the arrests. He said their department also worked 12-hour shifts.

An additional $16,895 was allocated for "other" APD expenses, including food and supplies. A department spokesperson said that included power bars and bottled water.

Occupy Atlanta has taken issue with being blamed for the price tag, calling the police presence overkill.

Meanwhile, Mayor Reed has defended the costs, saying the use of manpower was necessary, and it is better to be prepared.

There may be more to come; Occupy Atlanta protestors have said they will return to Woodruff Park Saturday, with no intention of leaving at the 11pm closing time.

The Mayor has made it clear that he will enforce the city's ordinances.


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