Following up on my story, “Behind the Use of Reno, Nevada’s Police Officers in Ukraine,” the city council voted to have Reno Police Chief Steve Pitts bring home the five police officers sent to Ukraine. The officers traveled to the embattled country last month to train officers in Kiev under a U.S. Department of Justice program.
The council isn’t upset over the fact that these officers are in a war zone and could be hurt or killed. No, they’re mad that they were lied too.
Initially, Pitts said the Department of Justice was picking up the tab for the program. But he’s been left holding the bag, as the DOJ is now refusing to pay the officers salaries.
Instead, the City of Reno — meaning its local (and not federal) taxpayers — will have to foot this bill.