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    L.A. might sue Occupy L.A. protestors for financial damages

    Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich is considering a lawsuit against Occupy L.A. protesters to reimburse the city for damage caused during the occupation of the City Hall lawn.

    "The city is contemplating any and all of its options," said William Carter, Trutanich's chief deputy.


    The two-month encampment cost the city at least $2.35 million, not counting repairs to the lawn and fountain outside City Hall, according to a report issued Friday....

    The Los Angeles Police Department, which raided the camp Nov. 30 and arrested nearly 300 people, spent an estimated $1.2 million on overtime pay as a result of the demonstration and subsequent sweep, Santana said in his preliminary report. The General Services Department's police force, which patrols city parks and buildings, racked up an additional $335,000 of overtime. Carlos Marroquin, a representative of Occupy L.A., called the figures "outrageous" and argued that the city should have set aside money for special events and protests....
    well that's typical. "it's your fault that we cost you money".

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    Re: L.A. might sue Occupy L.A. protestors for financial damages

    I think that absolutely they should charge whom ever they can go after with the pockets to effect the charges on that are involved with this circus.

    The Tea Parties obtained the needed permits, did their thing peacefully, and then left the grounds in most cases in better shape than before they were there. I find it disgusting not that the Occupy people have a message, (or no message at all) that they want to get out, but rather that they are really the epitome of selfishness. They took over parks and other places that are supposed to be open to everyone, harassed people, (including children) trashed, broke, and **** on whatever they could, and we are supposed to have sympathy for them?

    Some leftest organization like, the Ford foundation, or Soros' Tides foundation, or maybe even some union will step in and pay for these damages allowing these children to prolong their temper tantrum instead of getting a job.

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    Re: L.A. might sue Occupy L.A. protestors for financial damages

    Part of me feels that they should charge the protests for financial damages but the same time I do not think the cities have any right to charge the protesters for financial damages.The reason for feeling that the cities shouldn't charge the protests is because the cities let the protesters make camps and basically do what ever they wanted until the protesters started becoming a problem for the cities. The cities could have said no tents periods. The cities could have said no permits, you will just have to go home at COB and come back the next day to protest in the parks.
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    Re: L.A. might sue Occupy L.A. protestors for financial damages

    Ummm...

    Exactly who would they send the bill to?
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    Re: L.A. might sue Occupy L.A. protestors for financial damages

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    well that's typical. "it's your fault that we cost you money".
    That's fine.

    Have the businesses in L.A. give them jobs, without firing anyone currently employed, and have it garnished in wages.

    That way everyone's happy.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: L.A. might sue Occupy L.A. protestors for financial damages

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    That's fine.

    Have the businesses in L.A. give them jobs, without firing anyone currently employed, and have it garnished in wages.

    That way everyone's happy.
    Yeah, go ahead and break the law. Awesome idea!
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    Re: L.A. might sue Occupy L.A. protestors for financial damages

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    well that's typical. "it's your fault that we cost you money".
    City attornies must be slow. What another waste of taxpayers dollars.
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    Re: L.A. might sue Occupy L.A. protestors for financial damages

    Exactly which person(s) are they going to try to sue and exactly how is the city going to prove those people were anywhere responsible for the actions of the other protestors?

    The city is acting moronic on this one. The city will lose easily in court, and hopefully hose they try to sue will countersue the city and win.

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    Re: L.A. might sue Occupy L.A. protestors for financial damages

    If there is any damage to a fountain it seems to me that would be a criminal charge. As far as damage goes concerning protesting on the city hall lawn, I'd say that they have absolutely no chance of winning.

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    Re: L.A. might sue Occupy L.A. protestors for financial damages

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Exactly which person(s) are they going to try to sue and exactly how is the city going to prove those people were anywhere responsible for the actions of the other protestors?
    That should be quite simple. Most large cities have security cameras in the more popular areas that do a pretty good job. They would not have much trouble satisfying question of proof.

    The city is acting moronic on this one. The city will lose easily in court, and hopefully hose they try to sue will countersue the city and win.
    They probably will lose and spend a bunch MORE money doing it. Part of having law enforecment is to police actions like OWS/OLA and hopefully prevent it from becoming full blown anarchy. It is this law enforcement that we pay taxes for...IMHO

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