Sen. Blunt Seeks Federal Help For Ferguson Costs
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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is asking the Justice Department to help reimburse state and St. Louis-area law enforcement agencies for costs incurred while providing security in Ferguson this month.
Blunt said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday that many of the police agencies do not have the resources to respond to the level of unrest that occurred in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. Blunt, a Republican, says the unanticipated cost may force many agencies to seek out additional resources.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley estimates that each night of policing in Ferguson cost the county police department alone up to $100,000.
Edited from a press release from the Office of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.):
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to identify available programs and resources to assist state and local law enforcement agencies that have responded to the civil unrest impacting the community of Ferguson, Mo. Blunt met with Holder and members of the Missouri delegation last week.
“Law enforcement agencies from across Missouri have contributed officers and support to help provide security for the residents and businesses in the Ferguson community,” Blunt wrote. “Many of these state and local law enforcement agencies struggle to meet their immediate needs and do not have the resources to respond to the levels of civil unrest that has taken place in Ferguson in recent weeks.
“State and local law enforcement agencies that have responded to the security needs in Ferguson relied on their own budgets,” Blunt continued. “It has come to my attention that Missouri state and local law enforcement agencies may be in need of additional resources due to the unanticipated costs of responding to the unrest in Ferguson.”
To read the entire letter, click here.