DALLAS – The Dallas FOP is taking a shot at Mayor Mike Rawlings, asking him to not attend a memorial service for fallen officers.
A strongly worded letter addressed to Rawlings from the union’s president, Michael Walton, slams the mayor, saying fallen officers’ widows, police retirees and current officers are suffering under his watch, reported NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth.
It evens says that “several widows” have asked that Rawlings not be at the police memorial service due to his “lack of support for public safety.”
Much of the soured relations boil down to compensation and pension battles that have occurred between the mayor and first responders in the city.
This comes on the eve of Dallas City Council’s vote on the pension bill.
The mayor opposes a bill in the state legislature that would bolster the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. This has created conflict between the mayor and the unions.
Rawlings has declared the bill is not good for Dallas taxpayers. He said it doesn’t give the city enough control of the pension board in the future. The mayor also believes the same problems could happen if the city doesn’t get more control, making other important things unattainable.
Rawlings’s office told NBC 5 that it does not have a response to the letter Tuesday. NBC 5 also reached out to some City Council members and other police organizations but did not get an immediate response.
The Police Memorial Day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17.
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