Public forum set for Monday on new FOP contract

The public can register and speak, at the online only event

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Public forum set for Monday on new FOP contract

The public can register and speak, at the online only event

Monday afternoon, the Louisville Metro Council will give the public the chance to weigh in on the proposed contract with the City of Louisville and River City F.O.P. The one-year contract includes a $10,000 starting pay increase, increased paid leave and life insurance payouts, and more affordable health care options.Another incentive is a $5,000 payment to officers who live in certain parts of the city.Some police reforms are also included in the new contract, such as giving the chief the power to suspend without pay.But the contract is under scrutiny with some local protesters who say it doesn’t eliminate “questionable language” that offers extra protection to police officers. “There are concerns that we’re not going to get the kind of officer we want as a city, if you don’t increase pay,” said Robert Thompson with Campaign Zero. “But if we’re going to increase pay, and desire better or more equipped officers, there’s an argument that more pay doesn’t necessarily mean better officers. We need to deal with the way in which the city holds those police officers accountable when they do something wrong. Why would you pay someone more, then hold them to same standards that got the city to where it was in the first place, with the Breonna Taylor situation?”Monday’s forum will be virtual and will start at noon. If you would like to voice concerns about the contract, you’ll need to register first.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —

Monday afternoon, the Louisville Metro Council will give the public the chance to weigh in on the proposed contract with the City of Louisville and River City F.O.P.

The one-year contract includes a $10,000 starting pay increase, increased paid leave and life insurance payouts, and more affordable health care options.

Another incentive is a $5,000 payment to officers who live in certain parts of the city.

Some police reforms are also included in the new contract, such as giving the chief the power to suspend without pay.

But the contract is under scrutiny with some local protesters who say it doesn’t eliminate “questionable language” that offers extra protection to police officers.

“There are concerns that we’re not going to get the kind of officer we want as a city, if you don’t increase pay,” said Robert Thompson with Campaign Zero. “But if we’re going to increase pay, and desire better or more equipped officers, there’s an argument that more pay doesn’t necessarily mean better officers. We need to deal with the way in which the city holds those police officers accountable when they do something wrong. Why would you pay someone more, then hold them to same standards that got the city to where it was in the first place, with the Breonna Taylor situation?”

Monday’s forum will be virtual and will start at noon.

If you would like to voice concerns about the contract, you’ll need to register first.

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