Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered a helping hand Wednesday when he announced that he plans to donate $1 million in support of the Dallas Police Department’s response to the Orlando nightclub shootings.
The funds are earmarked for the approximately 16,000 hours of Dallas police overtime to be utilized at the discretion of Chief David Brown for enhanced counterterrorism efforts, including additional police presence in the Oak Lawn area.
Cuban said: "I’m proud to be able to help the City of Dallas.’’
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings acknowledged the show of financial support the city and its police department received from Cuban during the Dallas Pride Month Spirit of Equality Awards Ceremony on Wednesday in the Dallas City Hall Flag Room.
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"Once again, Mark has demonstrated his devotion to his city by stepping up in a time of need,’’ Rawlings said. "In the wake of national tragedies, we often hear empty talk from politicians and other influencers.
"With this pledge, Mark shows he is a man of action who cares deeply about his fellow Dallasites.’’
Gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others early Sunday morning at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It was the worst mass shooting in modern day United States history.
Police in major cities across the country are beefing up security, particularly in the LGBT community, in response to the Orlando attack.
"The Dallas Police Department thanks Mark Cuban," said Dallas Police Chief David Brown. "These funds will be used primarily to protect the LGBT community.
"We will earmark and track the expenditure of these funds to ensure its effective use in creating a safe environment.’’
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