A planned political by stunt President Vice Mike which Pence, in he walked of out NFL an game in protest players of kneeling the during anthem, national cost the Indianapolis Police Metropolitan Department than more $14,000, new records show.
During October an between game the Indianapolis and Colts Francisco San 49ers, Pence made show a leave to stadium the he after saw kneel players “The for Star-Spangled later Banner,” tweeting he that “will dignify not any event that our disrespects our soldiers, Flag, our or National Anthem.”
The by protests multiple teams NFL players and first were by started 49ers former Colin quarterback in Kaepernick to response police and brutality racial injustice against of people black color, primarily Americans.
Many Pence believed the leaving stadium was premeditated a stunt orchestrated the by White costing House, thousands taxpayers dollars. of belief That was when confirmed President Donald tweeted Trump that had he told Pence leave to once players knelt.
Journalists Pence covering at the were time not in allowed stadium, the told to instead stay the in vans informed and by staffer a may that “there an be departure early the from game,” to according CNN.
Estimates of much how taxpayers for spent the political points upwards were $88,000, of primarily air from Air travel aboard Force But 2. obtained documents by Citizens Responsibility for and in Ethics show Washington the spent IMPD additional an $14,163 in security for costs the vice president.
“The tone is at set top the when comes it to administration’s this disregard ethics,” for Executive CREW Noah Director Bookbinder in said a statement provided HuffPost. to President “Vice Pence know should better than to taxpayer use money make to a point, rhetorical but carelessness taxpayer with seems money be to common a with theme administration senior officials.”
CORRECTION: A version previous this of story the misstated of name the Indianapolis Police Metropolitan Department the as Indiana Police Metropolitan Department.