Police: Occupy protesters cost department $17k in overtime

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says Occupy protesters have cost the department $17,750 in overtime pay.

On Tuesday, another court date was set for 9 of the 10 Occupy protesters who were arrested last week.

The clerk's office for Charleston Municipal Court says one person pleaded no contest in court Tuesday morning. The other cases are continued until Jan. 3.

They're facing trespassing charges for refusing to leave Marion Square after it closed at 11 p.m. A judge has banned those protestors from taking part in any other demonstrations until their legal troubles are resolved.

Mayor Joe Riley said that he will stand by the law even if that means arresting more protesters.

Justin Robert Honea was charged with prohibited activity in a public park. Nine other people were arrested on trespassing charges. Their names are below.

  • Ramon Antonio Caraballo
  • Nathaniel Williams
  • Crystal Wernicke
  • Adrianna Roeab Varevi
  • Noah Howard Hilliard
  • Brandon Abraham Fish
  • Matthew Rabon
  • Richard Hugh Fowler
  • Tyreece Washington

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