Phoenix police union to sue over uniform change
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
PHOENIX (AP) - The union representing more than 2,500 Phoenix police officers says it plans to sue to force the city to pay officers for closets full of comfy uniforms the new police chief banned earlier this year.
The claim with the city by the Phoenix Law Phoenix Law Enforcement Association says officers' compensation package was reduced because they spent the money on clothing that is now banned. The claim is a required first step before a formal lawsuit is filed.
A city spokesman said Wednesday the city just received the claim and declined comment.
The Arizona Republic reports the claim asks for $1,150 for each officer. It also wants the banned uniform reinstated.
Police Chief Daniel Garcia says the black, cotton-blend polo shirt and cargo pants make impersonating an officer easier.
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