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Taxpayers shelling out thousands for Shockoe Bottom patrols

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- We now know just how much that heavy police presence and barricades outside the nightclubs in Shockoe Bottom are costing taxpayers.

Richmond taxpayers are forking over nearly $8,000 every two weeks in overtime pay for all those police patrols. 

8News has uncovered between January 1, 2018 and August 28, 2018, taxpayers have shelled out nearly $144,000 dollars in overtime costs.

Violence in Shockoe Bottom outside area nightclubs in the Bottom has been at the center of controversy.

Last month, eight people were shot in Shockoe Bottom in one week.

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