Officer's death used in argument over city pay cuts - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Officer's death used in argument over city pay cuts

(WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove read a poem in Officer Timothy Warren's memory following a moment of silence the fallen officer Memphis police officer during Tuesday's meeting.

"And it's called 'He Answered the Call,'" she said.

Fullilove and others want to rescind a 4.6 percent pay cut for city employees. 

Many police officers attended the meeting.

"They do that job for us and for the administration," she said. "To take away anything for them is absolutely wrong."

But the council approved the pay cuts two weeks ago as part of next year's budget.

Mayor A C Wharton's administration believes the new concerns may be an emotional reaction to officer Warren's death this weekend in the line of duty.

"There had been some sentiments expressed prior to this weekend," said CAO George Little.  "Certainly, it adds extra impetus to reconsider these matters."

The police union cites several recent officer-involved shootings as evidence of why they deserve anything but a pay cut.

"Individuals are taking shots at police officers," said Memphis Police Association VP Michael Williams.  "Therefore, we want to know our families are going to be taken care of."

The council will discuss the issue again in another two weeks. They will need to find somewhere else to cut if the pay reductions are restored.

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