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Police OT cost Cincinnati hundreds of thousands of dollars in first two days of protests

City manager releases preliminary figures
Posted at 4:29 PM, Jun 09, 2020

Cincinnati police earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime during just the first two days of recent central-city protests against police brutality, according to City Manager Patrick Duhaney.

Without being cost-specific, Duhaney said "most" of the total of $426,361 in police overtime during Pay Period 12 (May 17-30) occurred on May 29 and May 30 - the first two days of protests in Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Duhaney released that information in a Tuesday memo to Mayor John Cranley and City Council.

A total overtime report is forthcoming, Duhaney said. Daily protests and demonstrations continued in earnest through June 7, and overtime costs for those days have yet to be determined. In addition, the city has not added up non-personnel cost for the May 29-June 7 protest period.

"The City Administration is in the process of determining non-personnel costs (materials, supplies, etc.) related to these events," Duhaney said in his memo. "Overtime costs for Pay Period 13 will be available June 23 when the next pay period expenditures post to the City’s financial system."

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has not released a cost figure for its overtime, though it previously reported that deputies worked 3,731 overtime hours between May 29 and June 5.