Memphis Police Union to Take Down Derogatory Billboards

Memphis Police Union to Take Down Derogatory Billboards

The big fight is over, but the billboards are still up. You've probably seen them, the ones that say Memphis leaders don't support law enforcement or care about public safety. The police union put them up during the fight to get a major pay cut restored.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The big fight is over, but the billboards are still up. You've probably seen them, the ones that say Memphis leaders don't support law enforcement or care about public safety. The police union put them up during the fight to get a major pay cut restored.

Workers got the money and the billboards will be replaced, but the controversy doesn't end there.

The billboards angered city council members. The mayor couldn't stand the sight of them. Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams says they made people think and ask questions about the 4.6 percent pay cut. That's how they got it back, he says, the people.

"We would not be able to accomplish what we accomplished if it wasn't for the citizens," he said.

The police union is still fighting. The 4.6 percent pay cut was restored officially on this July 1st, but there's still a federal lawsuit in place because police say city administrators broke policy when cutting their pay originally two years ago.

Williams said, "We're going to pursue that in federal court for the back pay because that's an issue. We have families that have gone without for two years."

But there's another word that Williams is throwing out that hasn't been heard much between the unions and the city administration: compromise.

It's a word that won't be on the union's new billboards, although there will be new ones.

"We have talked with the administration and the council in efforts to try and settle that so that we can move forward."

Williams would not get into specifics on what the new billboards will say, but we were told they might only have one word on them. Thanks.

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