Report: Mike Pence’s appearance at Colts game cost Indy P.D. $14,000
Vice President Mike Pence’s appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium for an Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game in October cost a local police department approximately $14,000. The appearance by Pence became major news after he staged a walkout when a handful of 49ers players knelt during the national anthem.
New records indicate that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spent over $14,000 for “security costs” for the vice president, per a report from The Huffington Post.
Estimates of how much taxpayers spent for the political points were upwards of $88,000, primarily from air travel aboard Air Force 2. But documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington show the IMPD spent an additional $14,163 in security costs for the vice president.
The police department spending included multiple teams on the force working traffic and security, as well as overtime costs.
Pence was at the game to attend the retirement of Peyton Manning’s No. 18 jersey and the iconic quarterback’s induction into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Pence, however, elected to leave due to the anthem protest, explaining in a statement that he and President Donald Trump “will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.” Trump of course has engaged the NFL in an all-out war in recent months over the anthem protest controversy.
Pence’s appearance and walkout was decried by some critics as nothing more than a heavy-handed political stunt. Pence, shortly after leaving the game, issued a series of tweets in which he defended his decision and also attached a prepared statement on the issue.
I stand with @POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/B0zP5M41MQ
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
The NFLPA defended the players’ Constitutional right to protest in a subsequent statement.