Vice President Mike Pence's walkout during an Indianapolis Colts game last month cost local police more than $14,000, according to a government watchdog group.
Later on in the afternoon, President Trump tweeted that he specifically asked Pence to leave if players kneeled out of "disrespect to the country." The police department will have to absorb that cost. Expenses included paying for emergency response and SWAT teams, and were in addition to the $242,500 it cost Pence to fly from Las Vegas, Nev., to Indianapolis, Ind., and then to Los Angeles, Calif., for a fundraiser he attended after the game.
IMPD says it cost $14,163 to provide protection for Pence while he was in town.
A spokesman for the vice president didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but CREW members said Pence's walkout smacked of a preplanned stunt-and a waste of money. The 49ers - who started the protesting around the league in 2016, spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick - were the visiting team.
The protests by multiple National Football League teams and players were first started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police brutality and racial injustice against people of color, primarily black Americans. "Karen and I were looking very much forward to it, but frankly when we saw that so many players took a knee on the sideline we thought it was the right thing to do to leave".
"At a time when the administration is proposing massive budget cuts for the federal government, it is especially inappropriate to use taxpayer dollars for a political publicity stunt", he added.
"The tone is set at the top when it comes to this administration's disregard for ethics", CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said.