The Seattle police response to protests after Donald Trump’s election to the presidency have cost the city more than $377,000 in police overtime, according to records obtained by KOMO News.
Figures obtained under the public records request show that Seattle police spent $200,640.91 on overtime during four anti-Trump protests between Nov. 9 and Nov. 20.
The city also spent an additional $176,512.13 on police overtime for the Westlake Center tree-lighting and protests on Nov. 25, records show.
The grand total for overtime in all the protests was $377,153.04.
Sheila Friend-Gray of the Seattle Police Department’s public disclosure unit said the overtime costs broke down like this:
- Protest Trump in Seattle, Nov. 9: $93,761.35
- Student walkouts, Nov. 14: $15,735.05
- No Trump protest, Nov. 19: $46,972.86
- Dump the Trump protest, Nov. 20: $44,171.65
- Tree lighting and protests, Nov. 25: $176,512.13
During the series of protests, demonstrators marched, carried signs and made speeches in opposition to the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president.
The actions were mostly peaceful, but they disrupted traffic and a handful of arrests were made.