DALLAS (CBSDFW) – Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will donate $1 million to support the Dallas Police Department’s response to the Orlando nightclub shooting.READ MORE: Texas Star Gymnast Simone Biles To Return For Olympic Balance Beam Finals
In a statement released Wednesday, the city of Dallas says Mayor Mike Rawlings was informed by Cuban of his plans to donate the money to the department.
“I’m proud to be able to help the City of Dallas,” Cuban said.
Added Rawlings, “Once again, Mark has demonstrated his devotion to his city by stepping up in a time of need. 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.”READ MORE: Thousands Of North Texas Students Head Back To School Monday
According to the city, the money will be used for an estimated 16,000 hours of Dallas police overtime that Chief David Brown can use at his discretion for “enhanced counterterrorism efforts, including additional police presence in the Oak Lawn area.”
“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.”
Police in major cities across the country are already beefing up security in LGBT communities after a gunman killed 49 people inside the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning.MORE NEWS: Texas Gov. Abbott Acknowledges Report Of Buffalo Bills Considering Austin As Possible Relocation Spot
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