Aurora Costs After Theater Killings Mount; City Seeking Federal Grant


Aurora, Co. police spent more on overtime pay responding to the July 20 mass shooting in a movie theater than the city would typically spend in a full year for extra police efforts, says the Denver Post. The city has spent $462,600 on overtime for police officers and civilian employees on the theater case and has applied for a federal grant to help cover the costs. The costs include investigators and responders on the morning of the shooting, security at a large vigil held later and protection for visiting dignitaries. On average, Aurora spends $454,800 a year on police overtime.

Should the case against James Holmes, 24, proceed to trial, both prosecution and defense are likely to spend thousands on investigators, expert witnesses. and other costs. Taxpayers and college students are on the hook for thousands in legal fees at the University of Colorado, where Holmes was a student. The university will pay $505 an hour for a single lawyer to review what officials there knew about Holmes and when they knew it. As that lawyer brings in associates and paralegals from his firm, Perkins Coie, they will be billed to the university at $245 an hour or more and $205 an hour, respectively. The university will provide a separate firm to represent a campus police officer who may have been told by a therapist that Holmes posed a threat. A third firm is representing the therapist, Lynne Fenton.

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