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Strickland addresses pension process in response to Schilling retirement


The Memphis mayor is addressing the controversial issue of Memphis Police Officer Connor Schilling's retirement.

Strickland said some of the current pension laws should be changed, but did not specify if he agreed directly with allowing Schilling to receive the retirement benefits he will begin receiving Friday.

Schilling shot and killed Darrius Stewart in a traffic stop last July. 

Two doctors said Schilling was injured either physically or mentally while on duty. He will receive $2,200 a month in retirement and will not have an administrative hearing. 

When pressed for his thoughts on the outcome, Strickland would only address the pension process overall and not the specifics of Schilling's decision.

"Some of our pension laws need to be changed. We still allow five year pensions. We have more disability pensions than we should have," Strickland said.

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