Billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban plans to donate $1 million to the city of Dallas in response to the Orlando shooting, with the funds to be earmarked to increase police presence, particularly in a section of the city popular with the LGBT community.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a news release Wednesday the funds will be set aside for 16,000 hours of overtime in Oak Lawn and other parts of the city.
The Oak Lawn district is known for its LGBT community, the Dallas Morning News reports.
“Once again, Mark has demonstrated his devotion to his city by stepping up in a time of need,” Rawlings said. “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] 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, according to ABC affiliate WFAA. “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.”
“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.”
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— Mayor Mike Rawlings (@Mike_Rawlings) June 15, 2016
Cuban’s name has been floated as a potential running mate for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
h/t: The Hill