The District spent $2.6 million on policing and other costs related to Sunday’s white supremacist rally and the associated counterprotests, according to a preliminary estimate from the city government. The city plans to ask the federal government to reimburse those costs. Congress budgeted $13 million this year for a fund to help the District pay for its responses to large-scale protests and events, which are common in the nation’s capital but have become more frequent during the Trump administration. The Unite the Right 2 rally, held on the anniversary of the deadly white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, attracted fewer than 40 supporters. But law enforcement responded with a massive presence to keep the white supremacists physically separated from thousands of counter protesters. City officials called their response a success: No one was injured, and only one person arrested on minor charges. But critics say the city may have inadvertently encouraged more groups with provocative messages to come to the nation’s capital by pouring so many resources into defending the First Amendment rights of Sunday’s rally goers. Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler praised the level of police protection his group received and suggested he’d like to stage additional events in the Washington area.
via washington post: White-supremacist rally cost D.C. at least $2.6 million, preliminary estimate shows