Brooklyn Center's bill for civil unrest hits $322K
May 14, 2021
Brooklyn Center has spent $322,000 on expenses ranging from security to communications firms in the aftermath of the police killing of Daunte Wright last month - and the tab is likely to rise.
City officials are expecting to incur even more expenses with protests likely to continue as legal proceedings against former police officer Kim Potter proceed. Though there has been a lull lately, "there is going to be extended need for communication, extended needs for barricades for streets and extended need for security throughout the period of trial," acting City Manager Reginald Edwards said during a City Council meeting Monday in which he laid out the expenditures.
In the days immediately following the shooting, the city made contracts totaling about $100,000 with nonprofits that specialize in de-escalation and sent interveners to help reduce tension and keep protests peaceful. With their arrival, the city reduced the number of officers on the front line, Edwards said.