Mike Pence's NFL Protest Cost The Indianapolis Police Department Over $14000

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an October 8 NFL game when players for the San Francisco 49ers kneeled during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against blacks.

Vice President Mike Pence's walkout at an National Football League game last month cost Indiana Police tens of thousands of dollars, according to a report released Tuesday by nonprofit watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

A White House staffer had advised reporters following Pence to stay in their vehicles, warning of a possible "early departure from the game". That belief was confirmed when President Donald Trump tweeted that he had told Pence to leave once players knelt.

Documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) show that the cost of the stunt to local police was $14,163.36.

"This cost is in addition to the reported approximate travel cost of $242,500 for Pence to fly from Las Vegas, NV, to Indianapolis, IN, and then to Los Angeles, CA, where he went afterwards for a fundraiser", said CREW.

CREW condemned the actions of the vice president as nothing more than a costly publicity stunt. As there was overwhelming evidence that Pence attended the game with the intention of leaving when he did, critics wondered how much the extra security and travel cost and filed FOIA requests after outlets estimated that the tally could be over $240,000 for the federal government.

Trump latched on to the "take a knee protests" initally popularized by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The president called the demonstrations, which began as a silent protest against police brutality, an offense to Americans and the flag. "I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen", Trump tweeted.

"There's a difference between what you can get away with legally and what is ethically right", CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder said in a press release.

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