L.A. Could Sue Occupy

    Police arrive for a control raid of the Occupy LA camp at a park near City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, California on November 30, 2011. More than 1,000 anti-Wall Street protesters defied a deadline to leave a park near Los Angeles City Hall Monday morning, as police vowed to evict them "as gently as possible" to clear out a two-month old camp. The midnight deadline passed without police charging the encampment, but are expected to make their move tonight. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The city of Los Angeles is considering bringing charges against the Occupy Los Angeles movement for damages, including the destruction of property near City Hall. The tent micro-city has cost the city around $2.35 million according to the Los Angeles Times, who first reported the story. Budget analysts tie these costs to the greater debt facing the state of California. Other costs the city may seek to recoup include overtime for police and deployed special forces that patrol city parks and buildings. A representative from the Occupy Los Angeles movement accused city leaders of placing outsize blame on the movement amidst California’s greater financial problems. The Los Angeles protests, which are part of a larger nation-wide movement, have been some of the most turbulent. A police raid on Nov. 30 resulted in the arrests of some 300 people.

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