And that was just in Tacoma.
TACOMA — Tacoma police say last month’s 12-day anti-war protests cost the city an unbudgeted $500,000 to provide a large-scale law enforcement presence.
“That’s a tremendous hit on our budget — a half-million dollars of unexpected expense,” said Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, adding that the military would get the first invoice.
“I think our request is justifiable,” Baarsma said. “I would expect that we would be reimbursed. I would be surprised if we weren’t.”
Seattle PI – Anti-war protests cost Tacoma $500,000
I guess I have a different take on this. I think that the cost should be footed by those who organized and planned the illegal activities that lead to the need for the police to be there in the first place and to make arrests once they were there. We could start by billing Students for a Democratic Society and keep going down the list of those who planned this event. In my post Tear it down!!! from a few weeks ago I had these planning notes from organizations that were planning the illegal activities.
I believe that the Olympia peace movement is now ripe for mass actions of civil disobedience.
I agree that forming ourselves into blockades is our best civil disobedience (CD) option for stopping the convoys.
Just as soldiers have a responsibility to disobey unlawful orders, civilians also have a duty to refuse to cooperate.we are doing the best that we can but we need more help and more radical input.
I am not aware of any constitutional right to commit crimes, especially obstructing the military during a time of war. I like the sound of criminal restitution. And if the “peace and justice” anti-US crowd won’t stop for the sake of our nation’s future, perhaps they will stop when they are all in jail or too broke to drive to Tacoma.
You might have noticed that I linked to the AP story at the Seattle PI. I would have linked to the Bellingham Herald but they are developing a habit of dropping stories. This was “breaking news” yesterday afternoon isn’t even a story nor available today. Unfortunate. I might have asked who was footing the bill for our in town protests that our councilman was marching in? I might have asked if taxpayers were paying for him to march. I might have asked why the Herald would give free publicity to the protesters and not go ask why the other 99.9% of the county didn’t protest.Tags: Local Issues, National Issues, Media Issues