Mark Cuban Gives Dallas Police Cool $1 Million for Orlando Response

Marchers supporting Orlando in Oak Lawn Sunday night.
Marchers supporting Orlando in Oak Lawn Sunday night.
Melissa Hennings

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is donating $1 million to Dallas police to support their response to Sunday's mass shooting at a gay-friendly Orlando night club. The cash will pay for an estimated 16,000 hours of overtime to be used for what the city describes as "enhanced counterterrorism efforts, including additional police presence in the Oak Lawn area."

"I'm proud to be able to help the City of Dallas,” Cuban said in a press release.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Cuban's action stands in contrast with the inaction of national politicians. “In the wake of national tragedies, we often hear empty talk from politicians and other influencers," Rawlings said.  "With this pledge, Mark shows he is a man of action who cares deeply about his fellow Dallasites." 

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that the money will primarily be used to protect the LGBTQ community. "We will earmark and track the expenditure of these funds to ensure its effective use in creating a safe environment," he said. 

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