Memphis Police Union demonstrators rally for benefits - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Police Union demonstrators rally for benefits

(WMC-TV) - With budget season quickly approaching, the Memphis Police Association held a rally Saturday posing a question to citizens, "Do you know where your tax money goes?"

A battle brewing over Memphis Police benefits surfaced Saturday as dozens of demonstrators toted signs at the corner of Poplar and Highland for the police union's "Wake Up Memphis" rally.

"We're very concerned about how tax dollars are being spent and we are concerned about public safety," said Memphis Police Association President Michael Williams.

Williams said after taking a 4.6 percent pay cut, the city is now considering cutting holiday pay and increasing employee insurance premiums.

"I'm here to support my husband," said Jamie Keck, participant.

She said it is becoming unbearable.

"Three kids, 13, 7, and three and it's really hard to make ends meet. It really is," said Keck.

The Law Dogs motorcycle club showed up in full regalia, plus a blue ribbon.

Members included civil servants, from police to sheriff's deputies.

"Police officers and fire and everybody, we're normal people too. We've got families and we've got to support our families and loved ones," said Memphis Law Dogs President Joe Peel.

Williams said if the city can give $5 million to the arts, they can ensure benefits are attractive enough to gain good recruits.

"We're concerned about the kind of people they're going to draw here to be police if they keep cutting the benefits," he said.

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