DOJ: No Additional Federal Funding to Cover Ferguson-Related Law Enforcement Costs

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DOJ: No Additional Federal Funding to Cover Ferguson-Related Law Enforcement Costs


Raasch, Chuck, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


WASHINGTON * The Justice Department said Thursday it has no immediate funding for Missouri police forces that responded to the crisis aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Responding to a query from U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. about what federal help might be available to help cover overtime and other costs of St. Louis County and other state police departments, Assistant Attorney General Peter K. Kadzik said that in fiscal year 2014, the Justice Department already gave more than $4.2 million in Justice Assistance Grants to Missouri and $91,000 to St. Louis County.

"Beyond these awards, (the Bureau of Justice Assistance) unfortunately has no additional funding available to support the law enforcement costs noted in your letter," Kadzik wrote.

Blunt in August wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that "law enforcement agencies from across Missouri have contributed officers and support to help provide security for the residents and businesses in the Ferguson community" and that many "struggle to meet their immediate needs and do not have the resources to respond to the levels of civil unrest that has taken place in Ferguson in recent weeks. …

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