Skip to comments.What was cost to protect right-to-work demonstrators, Capitol building last month?
Posted on 01/04/2013 4:43:09 AM PST by cripplecreek
Your tax dollars were hard at work but so far nobody knows how many were spent to deploy 500 Michigan State Police officers to guard the state capitol and Right to Work demonstrators last month. Five hundred is darn close close to half the entire force.
Im waiting to find out, advises Inspector Gene Adamczyk, who was calling the shots on that historic day when 12,000 angry protestors showed up to battle for and against the RTW legislation that was eventually adopted and signed by the governor.
The inspector says there were times when we were hanging by the skin of our teeth as the protestors moved in and out of the Capitol building.
Clearly outnumbered, the MSP forces were augmented by officers from the East Lansing and Michigan State University police departments. Mounted troops on horse back were also on hand from the Ingham and Clinton County Sheriffs departments. No price tag on how much that cost either. (BTW they count officers on a horse as one, not two cost items.)
Officials are also waiting to do a debrief, or a hot wash as they call it, to ascertain what went well and not so well. The inspector describes it as a chance to have a family discussion, which could come this month.
When asked for his analysis, he will say, I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out. Everyone knows it could have been a nightmare as it was in Wisconsin, where a similar pro-labor demonstration cost the cheeseheads somewhere between $400,000 and $7 million in repairs.
One early estimate here had the figure at around $1,000 with 11 arrests and a hot dog stand that got trampled in an outburst on the capitol lawn.
To get some sense of what the taxpayer hit was, when they brought the Super Bowl to Detroit, the tab was $700,000. The All-Star baseball game in the same city was about $100,000.
Whatever the final number, the inspector concludes protestors and the building were protected and it was a big victory, he asserts. Anxious to hear how much the "victory" cost.
Send the bill to the unions - they are the reason that security was needed.
Guys like Tim Skubick would be happier if they had burned the building to the ground. Then he would have written that it was wrong for them to do so, but their anger was righteous.
“the inspector concludes protestors and the building were protected and it was a big victory,
Yeah, who cares about those pesky Americans for Prosperity folks. So long as the building was protected from damage we can all be satisfied.
Governor needs to bill the Unions, and all the school districts that allowed the useless teachers to call in sick and close school districts for what a protest. It was like the protest were going to change the minds of the Senate and Representatives who already approved the bills, that had to go to each other for final approval before the signing by the Governor.
Just wonder if Odumbo in DC had a hand in the protest, send the One the bill too.
Whatever the cost, send the bill to AFSME.
Whatever it cost, send the bill to AFSME.
Is this Democrat math?
For 500 police, plus County police?
Libs really are demented. the "early estimate" was exceeded in the first five minutes.
“(T)he MSP forces were augmented by officers from the East Lansing and Michigan State University police departments. - Interesting that there no officers from Lansing, where the capital is actually located. Perhaps this has something to do with Virg B?
There are a few different jurisdictions at the capitol. I know the state police are charged with protecting the building and those inside but the grounds are a different jurisdiction.
He didn't. Amazing, such fine "reporting"......
The comment section was wild, like a flame thread on FR with both libs and conservatives name calling. One lib commenter tried to claim the conservative who was attacked threw the union supporter on the ground unprovoked. LOL (sort of, it was a pathetic example of one lone person's idiocy showing us how bad America's ability to find truth has become, and how difficult it will be to win the long war)