The money being given to the Police Department will fund about 16,000 hours of overtime for the department as it boosts counterterrorism efforts, according to a Wednesday statement from the city.
“In the wake of national tragedies, we often hear empty talk from politicians and other influencers,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “With this pledge, Mark shows he is a man of action who cares deeply about his fellow Dallasites.”
“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.”
Cuban’s donation comes days after a gunman killed 49 people inside the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning. Also on Sunday, a man arrested in Santa Monica armed with guns and explosive chemicals was said to be on his way to the Los Angeles Pride festival.
Police in major cities across the country are beefing up security, particularly in the LGBT community, in response to the Orlando attack.
“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.”
This is not the first time that Mark Cuban has donated money for worthy causes In 2003, Cuban founded the Fallen Patriot Fund to help families of U.S. military personnel killed or injured during the Iraq War among other things.