George Floyd protests cost local police agencies more than $1.8 million

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BySamantha Kummerer WTVD logo
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
George Floyd protests cost local police agencies more than $1.8 million
Freedom isn't free here in the United States. In total, the George Floyd protests cost five major law enforcement agencies within the Triangle an estimated more than $1.8 million.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Citizens are free to protest in the United States but it doesn't quite come without a price tag.

In the days after George Floyd's death, thousands of North Carolina residents took to the street to demand equality and justice. From protests to riots, local police departments racked up overtime costs deploying officers.

The Raleigh Police Department reported officers worked more than 2,300 hours from May 30 to June 8. While the department said it is still calculating the total expenses, its overtime costs totaled to $860,011.

Raleigh police weren't the only agency assisting in the Capitol City, the Wake County Sheriff's Office utilized more than 900 deputies, costing $409,000.

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A quarter of the total cost stemmed from a single day, May 31, when the agency spent $100,000 deploying nearly 200 deputies. Capitol Police also assisted in keeping the peace.

The state reported personnel and overtime costs totaled $153,000. Based on the costs reported so far, protests in Raleigh cost agencies a total of $1.4 million.

Protests remained calmer in Durham and the city reported spending far less.

A majority of Durham's $167,000 was for overtime but the department also spent money on food, supplies and graffiti removal.

The Durham Sheriff's Office told ABC11 it is still calculating its expenses related to the protests.

The Fayetteville Police Department spent around $224,000.

The city contracted with the National Guard and was responsible for troops' food and housing, an expense that added up to around $11,000.

One of the department's vehicles also suffered minor damage but the cost for repair is not yet finalized.

The five agencies reported spending around $1.8 million.

While citizens are not protesting on the same scale cities saw at the beginning of June, advocates and leaders are still pressing for change across the country.