Sirens & Gavels

Westboro protest costs police $10,000

Spokane Police officers keep a close watch on members of the Westboro Baptist Church at the corner of 37th and Regal on Thursday, October 21, 2010 near Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane Police officers keep a close watch on members of the Westboro Baptist Church at the corner of 37th and Regal on Thursday, October 21, 2010 near Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane police estimate they'll spend between $9,000 and $10,000 on overtime costs to pay for the police presence at Westboro Baptist Church protests and counter protests Thursday.

That doesn't include money for Spokane County Sheriff's Office employees and the jail's critical response team. 

Police said no one was arrested and no citations were issued during the protests, took place at Whitworth University, Ferris High School and Eastern Washington University. The group is picketing today at Lake City and Coeur d'Alene high schools and at NIC.

"The officers and CRT members on site showed amazing professionalism and restraint over the course of a long day," said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.

Read Kevin Graman's full story on the protests here.




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