Occupy Houston squatters have cost HPD (read: taxpayers) an extra $366k so far

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No clarity on why tent was used to cover arrests of Occupy activists – James Pinkerton and Safiya Ravat, Houston Chronicle

So far, Houston police have racked up $366,734 in additional costs to deal with the Occupy Houston protesters, who set up camp in Tranquility Park across from City Hall on Oct. 6., HPD spokeswoman Jodi Silva said.

The amount includes $10,789 in overtime paid to officers, but does not include costs associated with Monday’s protest at the port.

Those were the last two grafs of the story. Talk about burying the lede!

For a followup, it would be nice to know how much Mayor Parker’s decision to give away electricity (safely!) to the Occupy Houston squatters is costing taxpayers.

Interestingly, TIME just named this drain on productive society, generally speaking, its Man of the Year. Neat, huh?!

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