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Police cost of Cedar Ave. foreclosure standoffs: $42k

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: June 14, 2012 - 12:47 PM

$42,429.

That's the taxpayer cost of Minneapolis Police activity at 4044 Cedar Ave. South, the scene of repeated foreclosure prevention standoffs in recent weeks, according to a letter from police chief Tim Dolan to Mayor R.T. Rybak. Those incidents resulted in numerous arrests of Occupy Homes protestors for trespassing and other charges.

The home, on 40th and Cedar, went into foreclosure after its owners, the Cruz family, failed to make a mortgage payment (possibly because of a computer glitch). It has been boarded up by the city and is now owned by Freddie Mac, which stationed security guards outside last month.

Protestors have showed up repeatedly to remove the boards and "occupy" the home, as part of an effort to allow the Cruz's to move back in. They criticized the city for using "public resources to defend big banks."

Dolan said the on-duty costs included work performed by him, an inspector, three lieutenants, five sergeants, 155 officers, a public information officer, a crime lab officer, three forensic scientists and two video analysts.

The fire department incurred costs of $3,156, he said.

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