$1M DOJ grant to help cover Baton Rouge, Louisiana police costs after shootings

FILE PHOTO Breunna Allen, 4, and Jay'Vonne Allen, 8, hold flags and signs at they wait for the funeral procession of slain Baton Rouge police Cpl. Montrell Jackson near the Living Faith Christian Center in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies are receiving a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help cover summer overtime costs from recent shootings and protests.

Overtime for the agencies spiked after the shooting death of a black man, Alton Sterling, by white police officers sparked protests around the city in July – and in response to the ambush-style killings of three law enforcement officers days later.

The Legislature’s joint budget committee agreed Friday to accept the federal grant and steer it to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, which will send it to the local agencies.

The Baton Rouge Police Department will receive $929,000. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office will get the remaining $71,000.

Legislative financial analysts say the grant won’t cover all overtime costs.


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