Police placed on 12-hour shifts around Occupy Atlanta

An interesting tidbit was dropped inside a noon report by Channel 2 Action News. Two dozen cops patrolling the Occupy Atlanta campsite downtown are now on 12-hour shifts, and have been since Saturday.

That means increased overtime costs to the city, and a human strain on a police force with finite personnel resources. When taking into account the likelihood that — once it ramps up pressure, City Hall is unlikely to retreat — then it becomes hard to see campers remaining in Woodruff Park for another two weeks.

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- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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pb

October 24th, 2011
2:36 pm

Time for the party in Woodruff Park to be over. More police means they are watching the protesters closely for any illegal acts, and once the cops start arresting, the” hippie and homeless” party will be over… And what did they really accomplish?

gnomeboy

October 24th, 2011
2:55 pm

Mayor Reed still hasn’t got the cajones to do anything. Just because these “OCCUTARDS” are yelling First amendment doesn’t mean you can’t enforce the laws.

DixieDemons

October 24th, 2011
2:57 pm

Unemployment in GA is over 10 % . When more of the unemployed start showing up to ” camp out “, Atl will wish they had left them alone. Then you will really see ” increased overtime costs to the city. “

Future

October 24th, 2011
2:57 pm

Jim you are wrong. Every cop in the city is on 12 hour shifts, not just the ones assigned to Woodruff Park. That is a lot of overtime being spent by the city. It is time for the protesters to clear out.

SAWB

October 24th, 2011
3:08 pm

Let’s be honest here the bohemian hobos want a confrontation with police. That is what they are waiting for and they will not leave until they get to “experience” being arrested for the cause. They want the full multimedia verification of how committed they are and how “the man” violated their rights. It is a difficult situation for the City, but I am afraid a confrontation is inevitable.

pb

October 24th, 2011
3:10 pm

DixieDemons:

Think this movement is fizzling out, at least here in Atlanta. Unemployed are not going to go downtown to” camp out ” with these people. How will that help get them employed? This group is just a bunch of dis illusioned liberals, radicals and a few homeless thrown in.

Jimbo 24

October 24th, 2011
3:12 pm

Time to take the park back, Mr. Mayor. The party’s over. Man up and move them out!

Susan Wilson

October 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

Why is the City of Atlanta Tax payers HOSTING Occupy Atlanta? Why are non-protesting TAXPAYERS paying our Atlanta Police Officers to PROTECT the Occupy Atlanta’s PROPERTY/TENTS from the homeless while they are away from their tents sightseeing – I mean “protesting”. What is up with that????? The Atlanta Police rather be doing their REAL job, PROTECTING THE CITIZENS OF ATLANTA. The Atlanta Police are having to work EXTENTED SHIFTS. Where is all this money coming from? The Atlanta Tax Payers!!! When is enough, enough Mayor Reed????? Atlanta City Council????

Jackie

October 24th, 2011
3:16 pm

Occupy’s fifteen minutes of fame is up. These inarticulate, silly people don’t seem to have any concrete ideas. When intrerviewed they come across as simpletons, whose “solutions” are worse than the problems they complain about.

They are most certainly NOT the 99%. More like 3%.

Please. It’s time for Occupy to be over. Either Reed is going to enforce the law and protect his citizens or he is going to be the tool of the People’s Republic of Atlanta.

Jack

October 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

I’m with SAWB. The losers at the park want more media coverage. If they’re ignored, they’ll crawl back under their rocks.

Concerned

October 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

This whole process is a knee jerk reaction to an ever worsening economic situation. It may not be the best way but at least they are out there voicing a cause. We in this country have lost the passion of our fore fathers to get out there and let the top 1% know that the rest of us are struggling. The local press that all of these cops were just sitting around is a good reason to decrease thier numbers….that would save money and preserve the Occupy protestors 1st amendment right. If they take away a few cops it can’t take long for one of them to call in the troops if they need help.

SAWB

October 24th, 2011
3:31 pm

“We in this country have lost the passion of our fore fathers to get out there and let the top 1% know that the rest of us are struggling.”

While I do understand the frustration these folks have, but sitting in a public park is not the answer. Most of us are not there because we have to work to pay house notes, power bills and feed kids. If they want real change it will not come from running around yelling at people, but form working within the system.

Based on several interviews I have seen I would suggest they start with a basic understanding of economics maybe they should read the book Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Freidman. Then get involved and elect some real leaders not the posers we have right now.

Atlien

October 24th, 2011
3:32 pm

This is an intelligent way for the mayor to build support for kicking these people out. I think no one cares because downtown Atlanta has become irrelevant. If these people were in Midtown or Buckhead, they would have been thrown out long ago.

SAWB

October 24th, 2011
3:39 pm

“If these people were in Midtown or Buckhead, they would have been thrown out long ago.”

Funny did you see when they tried to march on Lenox and Phipps security turned them away because it was private property. The March Leaders stated that they did not know it was private property. I suspect many of these people do not have a clear understanding of private property, but feel society owns all wealth and government should evenly distribute it. I suspect the hobos adhere to this motto more so than anything in the Constitution, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”.

td

October 24th, 2011
3:44 pm

I must be caught in the filter.

Lawman

October 24th, 2011
3:49 pm

Its high time the mayor fullfilled his responsibilties to the good taxpayers of the city of Atlanta and enforced the LAW. The LAW is quite clear, no ONE may be in a public park between the hours of 11 PM and 6 AM. These people are NOT law-abiding citizens, they are scofflaws and should be treated as any other common criminal.

A dad

October 24th, 2011
3:58 pm

These “Occupy” clowns have been camped out for what, 3 weeks now? Like, don’t they have jobs they need to get back to?

GaBlue

October 24th, 2011
4:02 pm

The police officers are paid to serve and protect PEOPLE. Protestors are people and they are within their rights, until such time as some of you fascists pukes get your way and make this a completely repressive oligarchy where only people with money get to have their voices heard. Sure, Mr. CEO! BUY ANOTHER BILLBOARD! Advertise some more garbage people don’t even know they need yet, so you can up production in your Asian sweatshop, increase your personal bottom line, evade even more US taxes, and tell the citizens whose retirement savings are gone to get the heck out of the park because they don’t have the RIGHT to stand up and speak out!

Please don’t any of you facists on here start waving your flags around on Veteran’s Day or July 4th, if you think these people need to shut up and go away because YOU find them unpleasant or inconvenient! Christ.

SAWB

October 24th, 2011
4:05 pm

“These “Occupy” clowns have been camped out for what, 3 weeks now? Like, don’t they have jobs they need to get back to?”

Actually I think that is the point of the entire fiasco. I saw an interview with one girl and she stated that she graduated with a degree in music, but all she could find was a minimum wage job and there was no way she was taking that. She wants the government to provide her a job that pays her a “living wage” even though she is the one who made the decision to study music and not accounting.

Acer706

October 24th, 2011
4:06 pm

GaBlue:

They do not have the “RIght” to be there after 6. That is breaking the “Law.”

A dumb dad

October 24th, 2011
4:06 pm

A dad:

I believe that’s what the protest is all about. No jobs. No jobs for the middle class while the corporate guys who got bailed out, write themselves huge bonus checks. So, no … they really don’t have a job they need to go back to.

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
4:09 pm

From a just released CNN poll,

“In the 1990s, only 30% of the country said they had no trust at all in Wall Street to do what is best for the economy, 24 percentage points lower than now.”

54% of all Americans now distrust Wall St.

Retired Solider

October 24th, 2011
4:10 pm

Mr. Mayor-

I have a great suggestion for you. Do your job! You have lost all the kudos you have earned since you entered the office. Frankly no Mr. Mayor you just look foolish.

SAWB

October 24th, 2011
4:12 pm

So, what percentage distrusts the Federal Government?

GaBlue

October 24th, 2011
4:12 pm

Acer706,

Laws violate rights all the time. A hundred years ago, women had to violate the “law” for years in order to obtain the “right” to vote. The men of their time were none too pleased about either. On behalf of the brave suffragettes that came before me, I invite you to salute our sweet round behinds. You’re welcome.

Acer706

October 24th, 2011
4:18 pm

Anyone heard of the tension within the Occupy crowd in NYC with distributing funds? To request funds proper paperwork must be submitted for review of a financial committee. Protesters interviewed say that they take a portion of donations they receive to pay themselves first before turning remaining money into the financial committee each day. Hilarious!

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
4:19 pm

Here’s more from the poll,

80% think those involved with Wall St are GREEDY
65% say they are DISHONEST
77% say they are OVERPAID
24% say the are Community minded

The Occupy people are forcing the so-called “liberal” media to get their heads out of the sand.

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
4:24 pm

“They do not have the “Right” to be there after 6. That is breaking the “Law.””

I’ll bet you would have sided with the British. The modern day Tea Party named their movement after one of the nations most famous acts of civil disobedience.

The Occupy folks are peacefully camping out in a public park, oh the humanity!!!

Acer706

October 24th, 2011
4:26 pm

GaBlue:

Duh. And they were arrested for their protests.

Acer706

October 24th, 2011
4:32 pm

Danny:

Boston Tea party was The People vs. Govt. Modern Tea Party is The People vs Govt. Occupy Movement is The People vs The People.

SAWB

October 24th, 2011
4:33 pm

The protestors need to keep in mind that average Americans are invested in Wall Street. Most of us have money tied up in IRAs, 401Ks, pensions, or other investments and when “Wall Street” makes money that means we do also. While I agree Obama made an error with his stimulus package and bailouts I think it is wrong to condemn the entire system for the errors of a few.

Bill Orvis White

October 24th, 2011
4:34 pm

Dear America’s Mayors Who Have OWS Protestors In Their Way:
Have the guts to stand up to the liberal media, the socialists, environmental mafia, the communists and union thugs! Order your police units to give the protestors until 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2011 to pack up their belongings and leave. If said protestors do not leave, then you have the right to remove them by any means necessary for law and order to be restored! GOOD NIGHT!
Amen,
Bill
P.S. Y’all on this lefty blog can see that I’m to the right of Attila the Hun and guess what? I’m damn proud of it.
God Bless this once-free nation

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
4:38 pm

“Occupy Movement is The People vs The People.”

I guess so, since our GOVERNMENT, the Supreme Court, ruled that corporations are people too.

td

October 24th, 2011
4:39 pm

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
4:24 pm

The original Tea Party had something at stake. They were the riches people in the country, they all their land and wealth confiscated and all had a death sentence put on their heads.

What do these occupy people bring to the table. They are going to loose their welfare benefits?

A dad

October 24th, 2011
4:41 pm

Folks, my post was 100% sarcasm. For the few of you who didn’t pick up on that, well, not much I can say about that other than “sad.”

td

October 24th, 2011
4:42 pm

Bill Orvis White

October 24th, 2011
4:34 pm

I do not believe they think you have reached my level yet. LOL Love your post.

GaBlue

October 24th, 2011
4:42 pm

Acer706,

You’re almost right there, sport. It’s People vs. The People who BOUGHT and OWN the people in government who are supposed to represent all of us but clearly, by any measurable standard, do not.

Bill Orvis White

October 24th, 2011
4:43 pm

@DannyX If these OWS folk are angry, they should be blaming installed-”leaders” like Bawney Frank who handed out bogus loans running up the nightmare housing market. They need to blame Hussein Obama who created a multi-trillion dollar deficit through reckless spending on socialistic programs like illegal health care. They need to blame Hairy Reid for yapping his ole gums off that we need to increase more big gov’t jobs instead of private sector jobs. These deadbeats are sitting on their duffs while folk like me run businesses and create the job in this once-free nation and guess what? We’re going out of business because of draconian taxe$, regulations and unfunded mandates on us like health care!
Amen,
Bill

Bill Orvis White

October 24th, 2011
4:46 pm

@td I’m madder than heck. My blood is curdling right now as I tighten this lugnut. I’m sick and tired of far left secular-progressives ruining this once-free nation.
God Bless,
Bill

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
4:47 pm

When the corporations have more power and influence in the government than the people do, that is taxation without representation.

Bill Orvis White

October 24th, 2011
4:47 pm

@Ga Blue – You sound like a mad feminist. You can get fixed if you come to my church. We have groups for mad women like you who meet in the basement that eerily smells like tuna.
Amen,
Bill

A dad

October 24th, 2011
4:47 pm

Also, somehow, looking at photos of the Occupy folks, I’m not quite sure they’d fall into “middle class.” While not excusing both sides for creating this mess, people need to realize that no one owes them anything, and like SWB posted, if you pick a major that’s not really employable, don’t complain if you can’t find anything over minimum wage.

yuzeyurbrane

October 24th, 2011
4:49 pm

td, I hope you are joking. Let’s not get bent out of shape. This is essentially free speech issue representing legitimate gripes. Reed better decide whether he is part of good ole boy network or the middle class. And there is the race issue. I have know doubt Reed would behave differently if the OWS people were not primarily young white kids. For that matter, so would the police—I fear for a police riot.

Blue Man on a Red Island

October 24th, 2011
4:50 pm

@ Bill – So you want the government to silence the protesters in an effort to regain our lost freedoms??? Yeah, that makes sense. Take away free speech so we can all be free again…genius!

Not to mention, unless you have the world’s worst accountant, your taxes are lower than they have been in your lifetime. If you are going broke over taxes your business sense is as bad as your common sense.

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
4:50 pm

“…like Bawney Frank who handed out bogus loans running up the nightmare housing market.”

I know Bill it was terrible, Bawney Frank pinned Tom Graves down and shoved a 2 million dollar signature loan down his throat. Disgusting.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 24th, 2011
4:50 pm

stop replying to td, you’re only legitimizing him

SAWB

October 24th, 2011
4:50 pm

“When the corporations have more power and influence in the government than the people do, that is taxation without representation”

Aren’t Corporations made up of people? Don’t those people have rights just like you?

td

October 24th, 2011
4:52 pm

Bill Orvis White

October 24th, 2011
4:46 pm

I am right there with you. You keep up the good work.

Centrist

October 24th, 2011
4:56 pm

@ yuzeyurbrane posted earlier today: “Centrist is a conservative retiree who spent his working years living off of socialism (i.e. career military) who now has a generous pension (and maybe income from a new career and/or Social Security?)”

Way off on you speculation – but not surprisingly considering the content of your political posts. NOT conservative since I am a pro-choice Secular Humanist who usually votes Libertarian, NOT collecting a pension or Social Security, NOT career military (although I served) and have been in the private sector since. Not telling/ confirming/ denying my age, profession, or area of residence.

I have no interest in speculating any of your characteristics – you have confirmed you are an endangered Georgia liberal (like most who read/post/congregate via the AJC).

td

October 24th, 2011
4:57 pm

yuzeyurbrane

October 24th, 2011
4:49 pm

I did not see you defending my free speech rights when GaBlue was on here yesterday threatening me into censorship or others were calling for me to be band from these boards by Jim? Or do only libs have free speech rights?

As far as the group having free speech rights then that is fine from 8am to 6pm daily. They can come out each and everyday and speak and say anything they want too. For then to occupy the park is illegal and the mayor needs to stop it. They are not above the law and making them leave at 6 is not abridging their free speech rights.