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Aldermen: Police overtime costs due to protests could mean budget cuts

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Law enforcement officers are seen blocking off a highway onramp as protestors march through the city streets following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri (Getty Images) Law enforcement officers are seen blocking off a highway onramp as protestors march through the city streets following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri (Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Some St. Louis aldermen are warning that rising police overtime costs due to protests may lead to budget cuts.

"We're not generating extra money, so there will be cuts I'm sure," says Alderwoman Cara Spencer.

Overtime costs for public safety from the protests in St. Louis are now estimated to be about $2.7 million.

"We're going to have to cut programs, cut city services," according to Alderman John Collins-Muhammad.

The city's budget does allow for police overtime, but reserves are taking a big hit as demonstrations continue.

"Everybody's trying to figure out where the money is going to come from, and none of us have an answer to that question, " Collins-Muhammad says.

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