TACOMA — Tacoma police say last month’s 12-day anti-war protests cost the city an unbudgeted $500,000 to provide a large-scale law enforcement presence.
The rough estimate covers overtime, regular compensation, equipment and food for hundreds of workers from Tacoma police and other agencies, Assistant Chief Bob Sheehan said.
The city plans to ask the Port of Tacoma and the military to cover some of the costs.
“That’s a tremendous hit on our budget — a half-million dollars of unexpected expense,” said Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, adding that the military would get the first invoice. (emphasis mine)
“I think our request is justifiable,” Baarsma said. “I would expect that we would be reimbursed. I would be surprised if we weren’t.”
Police increased law enforcement at the Port of Tacoma during the convoying and storage of Army Stryker vehicles from March 3 until a ship carrying the military equipment left for Iraq on March 14. (This makes it acceptable for the military to pay for an antiwar protest?)
I’m beyond appalled with this article. They don’t blame the people who took part in the protest? It’s the military’s fault? I suppose it’s to be expected from the same people who snubbed Nascar and called the entire South stupid in the process.