INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence’s attendance at an NFL game that he quickly left after a national anthem protest cost Indianapolis about $14,000 in police overtime and other costs.
The figures were released Tuesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
The left-leaning policy group sought details about expenses surrounding Pence’s Oct. 8 trip. It found that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s costs included nearly $11,500 in overtime for tactical and traffic officers.
The group says Pence inappropriately used taxpayer money for a political stunt.
The former Indiana governor left the Indianapolis Colts game when about a dozen San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the anthem. Pence later tweeted he wouldn’t dignify an event that disrespected the flag.
A Pence spokeswoman didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment from The Associated Press.