$1M to help cover Baton Rouge police costs after shootings
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies are receiving a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help cover summer overtime costs from recent shootings and protests.
Overtime for the agencies spiked after the shooting death of a black man, Alton Sterling, by white police officers sparked protests around the city in July - and in response to the ambush-style killings of three law enforcement officers days later.
The Legislature's joint budget committee agreed Friday to accept the federal grant and steer it to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, which will send it to the local agencies.
The Baton Rouge Police Department will receive $929,000. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office will get the remaining $71,000.
Legislative financial analysts say the grant won't cover all overtime costs.