82°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Mon
84°
72°
80%
Tue
85°
72°
80%
Wed
84°
71°
60%
Follow our weather team on social media

Hundreds of Memphis police officers call in sick

10 months ago July 09, 2014 Jul 9, 2014 Wednesday, July 09 2014 Wednesday, July 09, 2014 4:13:03 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

MEMPHIS, TN - Memphis police say hundreds of officers have called in sick in the past week in what appears to be a deliberate action to protest planned health care cuts.

Memphis Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said 554 officers called in sick on Tuesday alone.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong has said the sick calls are to protest a City Council vote reducing health care subsidies for city employees, including police and fire staff, in order to redirect money toward the city's troubled pension fund. Officers and firefighters, along with their families, have staged protests at City Hall since the council's vote on June 17. Officers have been calling in sick since June 30.

The department has about 2,280 officers.

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
5 Days
Radar
Today
82°
70°
Mon
T-Storms
84°
72°
Tue
T-Storms
85°
72°
Wed
Scattered T-Storms
84°
71°
Thu
Scattered T-Storms
85°
71°