Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will donate $1 million to the Dallas Police Department, to protect the LGBT community and improve counter-terrorism efforts.
Cuban’s donation comes in the wake of the shooting that left 49 dead inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday. Besides, there have been nearly two dozen attacks in the Oak Lawn area, which has a large LGBT community, in less than a year. No arrests made.
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“Once again, Mark has demonstrated his devotion to his city by stepping up in a time of need, ” Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings said in a press release. “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.”
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the department will make sure it’s used effectively in creating a “safe environment” for the LGBT community in Dallas.
According to a press release, the funds will pay for about 16, 000 hours of overtime for the Dallas police to aid the city’s counterterrorism efforts, including an increased presence in the Dallas suburb of Oak Lawn.
“The Dallas Police Department thanks Mark Cuban, ” Dallas police chief David Brown said. “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.”