Monument Ave protests cost city $570,000

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Last month’s Monument Avenue demonstrations that drew hundreds of protesters to Richmond cost the city roughly $570,000, the mayor’s office said Friday.

Those figures include funding for staffing and equipment as well as planning and development review costs.

Below is a breakdown of the numbers:

Department of Emergency Communications – Personnel $               6,442
Department of Information Technology – Personnel $               7,339
Department of Public Utilities – Personnel $               5,160
Department of Public Utilities – Operating (Contractor) $               2,889
Department of Public Works – Personnel $               3,791
Fire and EMS – Personnel $              28,056
Fire and EMS – Operating $               5,730
Planning and Development Review – Personnel $                  460
Police Department – Personnel $            252,328
Police Department – Equipment and Operating * $            254,041
Sheriff’s Office – Personnel $               3,776
Total Cost $            570,013

*Note: one-time costs for the purchase of equipment for the event that will be used to properly equip officers and first responders in future operations.

8News has learned that Capitol Police also spent $3,828.36 in overtime costs and $650.90 in equipment costs to help secure the Robert E. Lee monument during the demonstrations.

The Department of Emergency Management, meanwhile, spent an additional $2,006.88 for their efforts.

8News asked Virginia State Police for their costs as well, but they told us we would have to pay $1,000 for that information. They cited a lack of digitized personnel records, saying the information would have to be processed manually. None of the other agencies who provided records charged 8News for the information.

Roughly 300 people converged around the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond on September 16 to protest in support of and against the possible removal of Confederate statues in the city.

Seven people were arrested during the mostly peaceful demonstrations.

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