Mike Pence's National Football League stunt cost police department $14000

Paola Ditto
Novembre 14, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence's pre-planned stunt last month in which he performatively walked out of the Colts-49ers game cost the Indianapolis police department over $14,000, according records provided to a watchdog group.

But documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington show the IMPD spent an additional $14,163 in security costs for the vice president.

Pence and his wife, Karen, left the October 8 game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers within minutes of their arrival, after roughly 20 49ers players kneeled in protest of police brutality against blacks. President Donald Trump later tweeted that he had asked Pence to leave the stadium if such a protest went down, saying the players were "disrespecting our country". Most of that money ($11,427.68) was paid out in overtime. Prior to the game, reporters were told by a Pence staffer that there was a chance Pence would depart early. Expenses included paying for emergency response and SWAT teams, and were in addition to the $242,500 it cost Pence to fly from Las Vegas, Nev., to Indianapolis, Ind., and then to Los Angeles, Calif., for a fundraiser he attended after the game. He knew the players would kneel because they had done so all season long.

Trump latched on to the "take a knee protests" initally popularized by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The associated costs of large scale events in Indianapolis (e.g., concerts, Colts, Pacers etc.,) have been equally shared across multiple City, local, State, and Federal agencies.

"The tone is set at the top when it comes to this administration's disregard for ethics", CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said.

"There's a difference between what can you can get away with legally and what is ethically right", Bookbinder said.

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