Louisville Police Paid Out More Than $3 Million Overtime During Month of Protests

A police department in Kentucky had to pay out more than $3 million in overtime to their officers who worked extra hours to deal with the recent protests, according to reports.

The Louisville Metro Police Department are said to have paid out at more than one third of their total yearly overtime budget in a little over a month as officers were brought in to police the demonstrations which started on May 28.

According to data analyzed by WDRB, Louisville Metro Police Department paid out $11.4 million in overtime for the fiscal year ending June 30, up from $7.4 million over the same period last year.

Ryan Nichols, president of the River City Fraternal Order of Police, said some officers have been working 12 - 16 hour days to help police the protests, highlighting the department's "manpower issues."

"We are extremely understaffed, so that requires all those officers to work that overtime," he told WDRB.

Officers began being put on overtime on May 28 to cover the protests in the wake of the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

There have also been several large demonstrations from people demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, who was shot several times on March 13 by the Louisville Metro Police Department after officers had served a no-knock search warrant at her home during a drug investigation.

WRBD broke down the figures to reveal that between May 28 to June 28, the department spent $1,176,714 on "protests/incidents" and $2,297,617 on "protest response," bringing the total amount to $3,474,331.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, the Louisville Metro Police Department spent an average of $170,000 on overtime from the end of May to the first half of June.

The amount of overtime being paid decreased in the second half of the month. WRBD reported that the average daily amount of overtime fell to around $29,950 per day between June 15 and June 28.

Newsweek has contacted Louisville Metro Police Department has been contacted for comment.

The Louisville Courier Journal previously reported that one of the officers involved in the shooting of Taylor was one of the department's highest overtime earners.

Brett Hankison was found to have collected more than $150,530 in overtime since 2015.

Hankison was fired last month after he displayed an "extreme indifference to the value of human life" after he "wantonly and blindly" firing 10 round whole inside Taylor's apartment on March 13.

"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion," Chief of Police Robert J. Schroeder wrote in Hankison's termination letter. "You have never been trained by the Louisville Metro Police Department to use deadly force in this fashion. Your actions have brought discredit upon yourself and the Department."

Police in riot gear stand in formation during protests on May 29, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Protests have erupted after recent police-related incidents resulting in the deaths of African-Americans Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Brett Carlsen/Getty