Police riot gear cost this much in Ferguson - KMOV.com

Police riot gear cost this much in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Louis County Police have spent roughly $173,000 on supplies since the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri began over two months ago.

Officials say $25,000 has been spent on teargas grenades, smoke-and-gas grenades, smoke canisters and CS sting grenades, $18,000 has been spent on beanbag bullet rounds and pepper balls, $2,300 has been spent on plastic handcuffs, which have been used to detain protesters, and $77,500, has been used to purchase riot gear, including helmets, shields, batons and shin guards.

In September, St. Louis County officials estimated the unrest in Ferguson would cost the county roughly $4.2 million. Earlier in October, state officials said the total cost spent on Ferguson had reached $5.7 million.  

The expenditures were made following the Aug. 9 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. In the days after Brown’s death, businesses were looted and set on fire as hundreds of protests clashed with police.

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