The city of Memphis and Shelby County governments said they spent $175,585 on security and protection for the March 30 Ku Klux Klan rally at the county courthouse.
"Peace is priceless," said Mayor A C Wharton. "The extra precautions taken by the Memphis Police Department and supporting agencies were necessary to ensure the safety of citizens and protection of property. Our effort to keep the peace downtown and shift the focus to the Heart of Memphis celebration on Tiger Lane garnered favorable international and national press coverage. The good will that was spread across Memphis and projected to the world as a result of this event was worth every penny."
The $175,585 includes regular and overtime hours for police, fire, and MATA personnel, and for equipment such as fencing, portable toilets and buses.
City and county leaders estimated spending $200,000.
Police Director Toney Armstrong said the safety plan was well executed by his team and partnering agencies.
"I commend the public safety officials and officers for their commitment to maintaining order under tough conditions - long hours standing in rainy, cold weather and listening to the hateful rants of our out-of-town visitors," Director Armstrong said. "The participation of other law enforcement agencies helped create a show of force that sends a strong message - we will do what's necessary to maintain order and keep the peace in Memphis. Their professionalism, patience, and dedication are much appreciated."
In a breakdown of cost provided, $110,870 was spent on Memphis Police, $35,673 on the Shelby County Sheriff, and $5,487 on the Memphis Fire Department. Fencing and toilets cost $14,705 while MATA buses and personnel cost $8,850.
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