Derek Chauvin murder trial cost Minneapolis $2.9M in police overtime

Derek Chauvin murder trial cost Minneapolis $2.9M in police overtime

Beefed-up security came with a hefty price tag at the murder trial of ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.

The Minnesota city’s police department chalked up $2.9 million in overtime during the high-profile trial, which led to Chauvin’s conviction on murder charges, Fox affiliate KMSP-TV reported.

The revelation came as Minneapolis police asked the city council at a Wednesday night hearing for $5 million in additional funding to offset spiraling costs, KMSP said.

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The beleaguered department has lost more than 200 cops over the past year amid the controversy over Floyd’s death — and increased criticism of the department’s use of force.

There were 845 sworn officers in the MPD one year ago, with the number now down to 632, officials said.

But at least some council members questioned the hefty price tag.

“We’re going to need help understanding where the money is going,” Councilman Steve Fletcher told police officials during the hearing.

The Minneapolis

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