DENVER (CBS4) – Denver City Council members are raising serious concerns about the rising cost of the Occupy Denver movement.

The protesters are vowing to stay calm after several confrontations on Saturday. Police arrested 20 people and used pepper balls and mace to break up the crowd.

Council members say all the security is expensive. The total cost of Saturday’s protest is still being compiled. It’s expected to exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now some protestors are calling for change in their own movement.

Organizers say Saturday night left more than bruises on protesters — it was a black eye for their movement.

“We want to be talking about Wall Street. We want to be talking about campaign finance reform. We don’t want to talk about First Amendment rights,” Jason Roth with the Occupy Denver movement said.

Occupy Denver held a peace vigil asking for protesters to stop inciting police. They say they can’t afford another scene like Saturday’s. The city also feels the same way.

“We’re dealing with a challenging economic time. We’re having to tighten our belts just like every household,” Councilwoman Deborah Ortega said.

Ortega said police spent $300,000 two weeks ago on crowd control. Overtime had to be paid and extra squads were called in. Saturday may have been just as expensive.

“If it comes out of the reserve fund it reduces money in the city’s balance,” Ortega said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Occupy Denver

Some protesters say Saturday showed their message had been hijacked and they’ll work to redirect.

“We will be having non-violent protest training daily within the course of the next week,” Roth said.

Ortega said she’ll request a meeting with city council and the Denver police later this week to know exactly how much police have spent on the Occupy Denver movement and to know where money will have to come from to pay for it.

Comments (4)
  1. Rustafari says:

    I’ll bet not a single occupier voted. Or filled out a job application recently. Or finished school. Or ever paid a bill.

  2. Sharon Hutton says:

    Finally, the adults have taken back control. I was totally behind the OW movement until the loudmouth trash hijacked it. Stopping commuter traffic on the way to and from work didnt gain any fans either. Inciting police, breaking laws, and screaming idiotic slogans do not impress anyone except those shouting them. By the way, those cars driving by honking and waving in support? Take a good look at what they are waving and count the fingers. I was only waving with one.

  3. Linda says:

    I think the protesters should pay for the police protection, after all, if the protesters weren’t there the police would be doing their regular job, protecting the whole City.

  4. Freedom of Speech says:

    These people are breaking the law by urinating in public, defecating in the park, sleeping on the sidewalk, buring fires, no permits, and drugs galore. The protesters are a joke and dont even deserve to be called protesters.

    Here are some recent healines surrouding these losers:

    ‘Occupy Norfolk’ still confused over why protesting

    ‘Occupy Boston’ Couple Busted Peddling Heroin

    REPORT: 14-year-old girl sexually assaulted at ‘Occupy Dallas

    Occupy Madison loses permit due to public masturbation:

    Woman charged with pimping teen recruited from Occupy NH:

    Occupy Denver losers knock motorcycle police officer to the ground:

    And the best representation of these losers:

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