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The numbers are in, and the Derek Chauvin murder trial racked up quite the bill — where extra law enforcement hours were concerned.

As reported by Hennepin County’s Fox9, the Minneapolis Police Department says overtime pay reached $2.9 million.

That news comes as the MPD asks for $5 million in light of soaring overtime costs in general.

Of course, one reason for the charges is the fact that so many cops have quit.

Over the past year, more than 200 officers have left the job.

The city council is presumably pleased: In June of 2020, it voted unanimously to defund the police.

An official resolution read thusly:

The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by Minneapolis police officers is a tragedy that shows that no amount of reforms will prevent lethal violence and abuse by some members of the Police Department against members of our community, especially Black people and people of color.

Even so, as it turns out, when you need the police, you need the police.

Around the same time, a councilmember appeared to defend looting:

This is dangerous.

Socialist Seattle Councilmember Tammy Morales defending the weekend violence, telling her comrades on the Council:

“I don’t want to hear is for our constituents to be told to be civil, not to be reactionary, to be told looting doesn’t solve anything.” pic.twitter.com/NVUBfYVrwS

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) June 2, 2020

Hence, at the same the council seemed to excuse disorder, it moved against the only department aimed as preventing it.

Some might expect a double dose of crime, leading to a budgetary blowout.

As for illegal activity during the Chauvin trial, evidently, the city was concerned.

The MPD — standing at 632 officers strong weak — was a far cry from last year’s 845.

That’s a 25% reduction.

Overall, MPD expenditure has been $1-3 million less this year, but some cops are still being paid while on disability leave.

Therefore, per finance director Robin McPherson at a meeting Wednesday, the “payroll savings is not as great.”

Had the Chauvin verdict come out differently, there’s

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