Pence's Brief Appearance at Colts Game Cost Local PD $14K

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2017

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said records show Pence's brief appearance at the Indianapolis Colts game last month game cost the local police $14,163.35. CREW says metro police paid almost $3,000 to regularly-scheduled officers and well over $11,000 in overtime pay.

Pence left a game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers in protest after some of the players knelt during the National Anthem.

Critics called Pence's walkout an expensive publicity stunt. While numerous messages sent to Trump Jr.'s Twitter account went unanswered, he did occasionally respond and appeared to act on some of Wikileaks' requests, according to a report from the Atlantic.

The Air Force did not respond to IndyStar requests last month asking how much it costs to operate Air Force Two.

The police department spending included multiple teams on the force working traffic and security, as well as overtime costs. Congressional Democrats last month asked the Secret Service to detail that cost, but did not get a response.

The protests by multiple National Football League teams and players were first started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police brutality and racial injustice against people of color, primarily black Americans. He also said he was proud of Pence and his wife for leaving the game.

Monday's news that Donald Trump Jr. had traded private messages with Wikileaks over Twitter during the campaign prompted Vice President Mike Pence to backpedal slightly on his past claims about Wikileaks' contacts with the Trump campaign.

"I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem", Pence said in a prepared statement released mere moments after he walked out.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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