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Fla. Spent Nearly $173,000 Extra On Security

By: Florida Department of Law Enforcement Email
By: Florida Department of Law Enforcement Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A month-long protest at the Florida Capitol following the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is resulting in overtime expenses of nearly $173,000.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Wednesday released a final breakdown of security expenses. The protest began three days after Zimmerman was acquitted in July of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

FDLE figures show that the 31-day protest also resulted in more than $20,000 in compensatory time to the officers who stayed in the Capitol with protesters.

Protesters demanded that Gov. Rick Scott call a special session to have legislators repeal the state's "stand your ground" law, which Scott steadfastly refused.

A House committee is expected to discuss the "stand your ground" law this fall.


Total FDLE Costs for Capitol Protests

Final Costs
Overall Total* - $505, 248.90
Overall OT Total - $172, 592.88
Total FLSA Comp- $20, 338.55


*Includes regular time and overtime.

Note: Some Capitol Police members elected to earn Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) comp time. If members cannot flex the time out, they will be paid. A portion of the overall total and overtime total could decrease depending on the ability to flex out FLSA time by December 31, 2013.


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests

Estimated Costs*
Overall Total-$428,566.69
Overall OT Total - $153,630.40
Total for 8/14/13- $14,744.34

*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 14 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 33 participants.


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests

Estimated Costs*
Overall Total- $413,822.35
Overall OT Total - $149,998.30
Total for 8/13/13 - $12,667.28
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 13 –Ten protesters claiming to represent global warming interests and one Dream Defender protester were ejected from the building after being found in an off-limits area.

The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 40 participants.


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests
Estimated Costs*
Overall Total- $401,155.07
Overall OT Total - $148,665.74
Total for 8/12/13 - $12,230.10
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 12 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 46 participants.d


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests

Estimated Costs*
Overall Total-$388,924.97
Overall OT Total -$147,475.76
Total for 8/11/13- $7,407.86
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 11 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 10 participants.


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests

Estimated Costs*
Overall Total- $381,517.11
Overall OT Total-$145,587.06
Total for 8/10/13- $7,012.34

*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 10 –Protesters complied with orders from Capitol Police to cease constructing a wall of plastic containers.

Protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 15 participants.


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests

Estimated Costs*
Overall Total-$374,504.77
Overall OT Total -$144,460.60
Total for August 9-$12,850.90
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 9 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 28 participants.


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests

Estimated Costs*
Overall Total-$361,653.87
Overall OT Total -$143,016.54
Total for August 8-$12,674.77
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 8 – After hours, two protestors were discovered in an off-limits area of the Capitol. Protesters were new to the group and had not been properly oriented by their leadership. Protest leaders were advised if this happens again, those outside the designated Plaza Level area will be removed from the Capitol.

The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 38 participants.


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests

Estimated Costs*
Overall Total-$348,979.10
Overall OT Total -$141,072.77
Total for August 7-$16,317.16
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 7 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 12 participants.


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests

Estimated Costs*
Overall Total-$332,661.94
Overall OT Total -$134,446.63
Total for August 6-$16,513.98

*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 6 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 16 participants.


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests

Estimated Costs*
Overall Total-$316,147.96
Overall OT Total -$127,623.67
Total for August 5-$15,721.34
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 5–One protester measured the East Plaza doors, but refused to answer when an officer asked him why he was measuring.

The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 20 participants.


Daily Estimated Costs and Incident Reports for Capitol Protests

Estimated Costs*
Overall Total- $300,426.62
Overall OT Total - $121,593.35
Total for August 4- $7,083.30
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 4 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 14 participants.


Estimated Costs*
Overall Total - $293,343.32
Overall OT Total - $118,501.85
Total for August 3 - $10,027.17
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 3 –Food was brought in for protesters by staff from Representative William’s office.

The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 35 participants.


Estimated Costs*
Overall Total- $283,316.15
Overall OT Total -$112,466.48
Total for August 2-$18,989.78
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 2 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with 69 participants.


Estimated Costs*
Overall Total - $264,326.37
Overall OT Total - $103,563.40
Total for August 1 - $19,937.50
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
August 1 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with 25 participants.


Estimated Costs*
Overall Total-$244,388.87
Overall OT Total -$97,344.22
Total for July 31-$16,442.86
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
July 31 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with 17 participants.


Estimated Costs*
Overall Total-$227,946.01
Overall OT Total -$90,592.38
Total for July 30-$15,608.48
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
July 30 – The oil paintings in the entryway to the Governor’s office were removed by the Secretary of State in order to prevent damage during the protests.

Jesse Jackson arrived around 12:30 p.m.

Dream Defenders held a mock session at the Old Capitol Senate Chambers from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

A protestor entered the Capitol after business hours as another protester exited. Capitol Police Officers escorted the second protestor from the Capitol.

The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with 31 participants.


July 30, 2013
Estimated Costs*
Overall Total- $212,337.53
Overall OT Total- $84,674.92
Total for July 29- $16,668.70
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
July 29 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with 17 participants.


Monday, July 29
Estimated Costs*
Overall Total - $212,337.53
Overall OT Total - $84,674.92
Total for July 29 - $16,668.70
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
July 29 –The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with 17 participants.


Sunday, July 28
Estimated Costs*
Overall Total - $196,491.67
Overall OT Total - $77,697.24
Total for July 28 - $14,129.62
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
July 28 – The protester group from New York left around 9:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., approximately 20 protesters remained.

The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with 12 participants.


Saturday, July 27
Estimated Costs*
Overall Total - $182,362.05
Overall OT Total - $68,777.94
Total for July 27 - $16,016.62
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
July 27 – Regular days off for Capitol Police Officers and TROC Agents were canceled due to the increased number of protesters at the Capitol.

Former Senator Nan Rich was allowed into the Capitol by a Senate staff member with key card access. She addressed the protesters.

A non-employee attempted to enter the building with doughnuts for the protesters. The individual was not allowed access per previously established policy. The protesters/supporters inaccurately reported the absence of food and unavailability of water in the Capitol.

One of the coordinators, Gabriel Pendas, was heard by a Capitol Police Officer giving out the Capitol Police Director’s cell phone number and direct FDLE phone number and PIO phone number and encouraged the group to call FDLE to complain. The majority of the callers would hang up after the phone was answered, but an officer had to be assigned to dispatch to help answer the phones.

Just before 3 p.m., the FDLE watch desk was overwhelmed with calls from protesters shutting down the ability of law enforcement agencies across Florida to make requests for AMBER Alerts, and officer involved shootings and crime scene assistance. Temporary phone lines were established and a message was sent asking law enforcement agencies to contact FDLE on the temporary lines. Additional watch desk staff members reported to work to assist with the call volume increase.

Capitol Police Director and primary PIO office and cell phone lines were overwhelmed with protester calls. Additional PIO came on-call to handle PIO duties associated with the Missing Child Alert activation.

The protesters continued to demonstrate overnight with approximately 56 participants. One officer was assigned to Capitol Police dispatch to assist with the increase in phone calls until the calls slowed down at about 8 p.m.


Friday, July 26
Estimated Costs*
Overall Total - $166,345.43
Overall OT Total - $57,971.64
Total for July 26 - $17,402.46
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
July 26 – One protestor had a medical issue and was transported by EMS to a local hospital.

The Dream Defenders continued to demonstrate overnight with 105 participants.

Capitol Police met with the State Fire Marshall to determine capacity.


Thursday, July 25
Estimated Costs*
Overall Total - $148,942.97
Overall OT Total - $50,655.88
Total for July 25 - $17,303.80
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
July 25 – Capitol Police denied a request from former Senator Nan Rich to be admitted into the Capitol on Saturday. Note: The Capitol is closed at 5 p.m. Friday and the public is not allowed to enter the Capitol until it opens for business on Monday at 8 a.m.

The Dream Defenders continued to demonstrate overnight with 86 participants. A bus arrived from Philadelphia with protesters just before 4 p.m.


Wednesday, July 24
Estimated Costs*
Overall Total - $131,639.17
Overall OT Total - $47,070.40
Total for July 24 - $17,099.50
*Includes regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
July 24 – The Dream Defenders held a rally outside around 4 p.m. The Dream Defenders will now hold their closing ceremonies around the seal on Plaza Level instead of in the hallway leading to the Governor’s office to avoid possible accidental damage of any of the paintings lining the hallway. The Dream Defenders continued to demonstrate overnight with 16 participants.


Tuesday, July 23
Estimated Costs*
Overall Total - $116,493.31
Overall OT Total - $45,993.26
Total for July 23 - $18,522.32
*Overall estimate includes Capitol Police regular time and overtime.

Incident Reports
July 23 - DMS cleaning crew member reported walking in on a nude female washing her body in the plaza level female bathroom just after 7 a.m. The Dream Defenders continued to demonstrate overnight with 43 participants.


Monday, July 22 – The Dream Defender group is continuing its protest. Senate staff reported protesters were blocking halls, doors and elevators on the third floor. Approximately 34 participants demonstrated overnight. A demonstrator inflating an air mattress was asked to deflate it.


Sunday, July 21 – The Dream Defender group is continuing its protest. Dream Defenders held a church service on plaza level. Representative Williams delivered food. Approximately 12 participants demonstrated overnight.


Saturday, July 20 – The Dream Defender group is continuing its protest. An individual found sleeping on an air mattress was asked to have someone come pick it up since we are not allowing air mattresses. Note: air mattresses are prohibited because in an emergency, they block access to hallways and exits. Representative Williams is providing food to the group on plaza level through Sunday.


Friday, July 19 – The Dream Defender group is continuing its protest. Representative Williams’ aide brought several protesters in through the north lobby before 5pm. Note: The north lobby door is unsecured and those who enter through this door do not go through the magnetometers.

An officer caught someone trying to enter with a falsified access card. That individual was reported to her current Capitol building employer.


Thursday, July 18 – The Dream Defender group is continuing its protest. Officers escorted a protestor found on the lower level out of the building. Note: the lower level of the Capitol is restricted to the public after normal business hours.

Officers found 2 males with no shirts on and a female in a bra and shorts sleeping in the Chapel. Everyone was instructed to get completely dressed and was informed the Chapel was for worship not sleeping.


Wednesday, July 17 – The Dream Defender group is continuing its protest.


Tuesday, July 16 – The Dream Defender group conducted a protest in the Governor’s reception area of the Capitol building.


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