Pittsburgh to split police bill for handling UPMC protest


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Pittsburgh officials have released an invoice outlining costs for sending police to monitor a Downtown UPMC protest last month and how they plan to divide the cost with organizers.

The city wrote that it cost $31,234.79 to send officers to the protests organized by SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania and held in the 600 block of Grant Street between March 2 and 4. Of that, $14,865.93 paid for on-duty police and $16,368.86 paid for overtime for officers, the city wrote in the invoice released Thursday.

Relying on a city ordinance pertaining to “special events,” officials deducted $750 from the total cost and then split the bill with the protest organizers, charging them $15,242.40, said Tim McNulty, a spokesman for Mayor Bill Peduto.

Mr. McNulty said the ordinance was passed in 2004 but he did not know how often it had been used to split the cost for police services between the city and event organizers.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com.

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