DALLAS – A $1 million donation made by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will assist Dallas Police with “enhanced counterterrorism efforts” in the wake of a shooting that left 50 people dead at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando.
Cuban contacted Mayor Mike Rawlings Tuesday night about the donation, and plans were formally announced Wednesday morning.
The money will be used for approximately 16,000 hours of overtime for the Dallas Police Department, including an increased police presence in Oak Lawn, according to Mayor Rawlings.
“These funds will be used primarily to protect the LGBT community,” said Dallas PD chief David Brown. “We will earmark and track the expenditure of these funds to ensure its effective use in creating a safe environment.”
“[Cuban] wants to do this, not only to help, but to say to other people, ‘come with me and help,’” Rawlings said at City Hall Wednesday. “So I can call on other philanthropists that want to help in this effort, we can deal with this issue that we’re facing.”
“It’s a love letter to our community,” Rawlings said.
A gunman opened fire on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning, killing 49 people. He was later killed by responding officers.
It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
In response, cities across the country have bolstered security. Dallas Police increased patrols in Oak Lawn, an area popular amongst the city’s LGBT community.
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