Emily Gil, a 18 year old who held a BLM rally in New Jersey last month got slapped with a roughly $2500 overtime bill from the police department. This bill has now been rescinded.
In a letter she received prior to the bill being rescinded. Englewood Cliffs Mayor Mario M. Kranjac wrote “Please promptly forward your payment to the borough in the amount of $2,499.26 for the police overtime caused by your protest.”
Gil had not provided advanced notice for her protest.
The letter also stated “Your lack of notification left the borough with little time to prepare for your protest so that the police department and department of public works could ensure that everyone would be safe.”
Gil told NJ.com “They kept pushing (an in-person meeting) and then they stopped responding to me.” and said she declined to meet with them due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mayor Kranjac had originally claimed the protest was billable because it was a private event.
The ACLU of NJ pushed back and tweeted “Not smart, Englewood Cliffs. People have the right to speak freely. Towns can’t charge protesters for police or insurance for exercising their constitutional rights.”
CBS New York reports the bill has now been rescinded.