Anaheim police bill $1.7M in overtime for riots
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Police in Anaheim earned $1.7 million in overtime for extra hours worked to quell violent protests that broke out in the Orange County city after two police shootings.
The Orange County Register reports Thursday that police worked the overtime during a four-week period this past summer. The average hourly overtime wage was $69.
Two fatal police shootings in July – including one of an unarmed man – roiled the city that is home to Disneyland and exposed simmering economic tensions. Demonstrators took to the streets in protests that led to small fires, shattered store windows and some looting just miles from the amusement park.
It’s too early to tell if the overtime payment will affect the department, which has a budget of nearly $115 million and 536 full-time employees.