By now, it is clear that the San Diego Police Department is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in efforts to deal with dozens of peaceful Occupy San Diego protesters. Many of the police actions in response to these protests are virtual “over-kill” because the numbers of officers used way outweigh the numbers of occupiers. Time and time again, this has happened.
This morning, for example, a hundred cops were used to roust and remove about four dozen protesters sleeping out on the grassy area next to the Civic Theater. With the Chief watching, these officers clearly outnumbered the protesters and any threats that they created.
San Diego taxpayers should be outraged at the spending by the Police Department – thousands that it does not have – it is believed.
San Diego media ought to be pressing the Mayor’s Office for an accounting on these figures.
What does the City spend to sent one hundred officers out in the middle of the night to deal with less than 50 people – all of whom have been non-violent since their encampment at and around the Civic Center Plaza for 5 weeks?