ISP: Thousands spent on protests: 'Public safety is jeopardized'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Idaho State Police has spent tens of thousands of dollars on four Add the Words protests this year; that's according to a spokeswoman for the department.

Twenty-three activists were taken from the Capitol in handcuffs Tuesday for blocking all the doors to the governor's office.

Idaho State Police said every time the protesters are there, they have to bring in extra resources. Troopers said extra labor and overtime costs the department money and said public safety is at risk.

"When we bring troopers down to take care of this issue at the Capitol, those are troopers we're taking off the road, so the rest of Idaho is potentially at significant risk because public safety is jeopardized," Lt. Colonel Kedrick Wills of Idaho State Police said.

But Add the Words activists said they're not giving up.

"The governor needs to stand up for his state and say that it is wrong to have people living in fear and living with harm in our state," Ty Carson said. "We're going to come back and continue to do this until we have a hearing."