Nation: The Price of Demonstrating

The First Amendment can be expensive. During a two-week period in May, New York City paid its police $1,000,000 in overtime to handle pro-and anti-war demonstrations. "But as long as the demonstrations are peaceful, it is a plus," said Mayor John Lindsay. However, he added, "we can't afford it. How much better it would be if the money could be put into fighting poverty, into anti-narcotics and other such programs."


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