The policemen protecting Wall Street don’t mind the protestors, in fact, they’re enjoying the overtime.And they’ve been getting a lot of it: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Thursday that it has cost the NYPD $2 million in overtime to police the events.
The frustrating thing for a lot of New Yorkers will be that some of them are just standing around guarding the blockages preventing protesters from entering Wall Street, which has been their job for the past couple of weeks.
We spoke to a few cops on duty there. Around 10 PM last night, all who spoke to us (about 5) had been there since 5 AM. Reactions to having been on duty for long hours over the past couple of weeks ranged from “I’m bored,” to “I’m tired,” to seeming to have a good time, to thankful. One gave us a high five as a thank-you for paying his overtime. I told him to enjoy it.
But news like this can’t be good for protestors, whose agenda has been in part to return money to taxpayers. (The ones we spoke to support the Millionaire’s tax – it’s one of the agendas everyone seems to agree on: “Tax the rich!”)
Last night, there were over a hundred cops (4 were on horses) blocking the protestors from entering Wall Street near Broadway, close to the entrance of the NYSE (photos). Some have batons, like the one you see a cop swinging at protestors last night in this video.