17 Detroit officers suspended for 'sick out' strike

Incident occurred two days after Mayor Dave Bing proposed a 10 percent pay cut for police and firefighters


Associated Press

DETROIT — Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. says the department has suspended some of the 17 officers he says left work early in what may have been an illegal strike.

The incident happened during an afternoon shift in the department's Northeastern District on Friday, two days after Mayor Dave Bing proposed a 10 percent pay cut for police and firefighters.

A woman who answered the phone at the Detroit Police Officers Association said the union wasn't commenting Monday night.

Godbee said Monday that an internal investigation concluded that 17 officers left work without completing their shifts. He says an investigation is under way into whether the officers broke state law by striking.

Godbee at first issued a statement saying all 17 officers were suspended but later said "a number" were suspended.

 

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