Memphis Politicians Object To Police Escort At Trump Rally, Citing Unpaid Bills

Memphis Politicians Object To Police Escort At Trump Rally, Citing Unpaid Bills

Members of the city council of Memphis, Tennessee, object to the city paying for police to escort Donald Trump to a nearby rally later this month because the former president doesn’t pay his bills.

“He’s notorious for not paying,” Democratic City Councilmember Martavius Jones noted last week to NBC affiliate Action News 5 in Memphis.

“When you talk about these rallies, there are huge expenses that various jurisdictions have to pay, and these expenditures are not being reimbursed by the Trump campaign or Trump organization,” he additional.

The Center for Public Integrity reported in 2020 that Trump owed nearly $2 million at that time to 14 different police agencies and local governments for the sets they provided at his rallies.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, officials were so frustrated last year with a long-overdue $211,000 debt owed by the Trump campaign that they sent the bill directly to the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

El Paso, Texas, officials told KXAN-TV just last month that they’re nevertheless awaiting a $570,000 payment for the cost of a Trump reelection rally in 2019.

The Trump rally on June 18 will be held in South Haven, Mississippi, which is about a 20-minute excursion from the Memphis airport.

Jones and fellow Councilmember JB Smiley, who’s running for Tennessee governor, plan to introduce a resolution Tuesday to the complete council asking the Memphis Police Department not to provide any manpower or other resources for Trump’s turn up.

“As we know, the Memphis Police Department is already experiencing a shortage of officers to patrol our communities. I do not believe that it is a prudent use of police manpower and Memphians’ taxpayer dollars to escort the former president to an event in Mississippi,” Smiley said in a statement.

“He’s no longer the president. He has a Secret Service detail, I think that’s sufficient,” Smiley told Action News.

𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗦𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗝𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗠𝗣𝗗 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗘𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻, 𝗠𝗦

— JB Smiley, Jr., Esq. (@jbsmileyjr) June 1, 2022

Larry Ward, a spokesperson for Trump’s rally organizer, The American Freedom Tour, said the councilmen’s proposal is “average-spirited, partisan, preposterous and penurious.”

A Memphis Police Department spokesperson told Action News 5 that if the police are “asked to assist any federal partner regarding the safety of a group or individual, we will assist.”

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