The protesters are seeing red – but cops are seeing green. NYPD officers have collected “several million dollars” in overtime because of the flood of activists clogging city streets to demonstrate against pro-cop grand-jury decisions in New York and Ferguson, Mo., law-enforcement officials told The NY Post.
Officers on time-and-a-half pay from commands across the city were pulled into Manhattan to follow around the agitators – who Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said are “wandering aimlessly” and just looking for “a night out.”
But while some cops are clocking more than 16 hour days – starting at 7 a.m. and not getting off until almost midnight – most aren’t complaining because of the hefty holiday paychecks.
Some have already worked three overtime shifts equaling 36 hours of extra pay. That adds up to an “overtime bonus” of $1,000 or more.