Tacoma police say last month's 12-day anti-war protests cost the city an unbudgeted $500,000 to provide a large-scale law enforcement presence.
The rough estimate covers overtime, regular compensation, equipment and food for hundreds of workers from Tacoma police and other agencies, Assistant Chief Bob Sheehan said.
The city plans to ask the Port of Tacoma and the military to cover some of the costs.
"That's a tremendous hit on our budget -- a half-million dollars of unexpected expense," said Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, adding that the military would get the first invoice.
"I think our request is justifiable," Baarsma said. "I would expect that we would be reimbursed. I would be surprised if we weren't."
Oh dear lord on a pogo stick! So, some braindead communists protest the military, and the City of Tacoma wants to stick the Army with the damn bill? How about this idea, you moronic brainfart of a mayor: MAKE THE FUCKING PROTESTERS PAY THE DAMN BILL! THEY'RE THE SHIT FLINGING SCUMBAGS WHO COST YOU SO MUCH MONEY!
Seriously, other than losing the Seahawks and a few friends, the rest of the Pugetropolis could fall into Puget Sound and I wouldn't weep. I'd just want to ensure that Phil and Sondra made it out first. What a festering shithole of Leftism.