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August 31, 2004

Fellow Officers Rally For Contract For New York Police

Police officers from New York City are not demonstrating during the convention, as threatened, but colleagues from other cities are.


Officers bused in from Boston, Arizona, Las Vegas and Florida rallied Downtown Monday in support of New York police in their contract battle with the city. The president of the National Association of Police Organizations, Thomas Nee, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg has forgotten what city police and firefighters went through on September 11, 2001.

“We're tired of being treated as though we've taken an oath of second-class citizenship,” Nee said. “We're here to say we deserve our dignity, we deserve our respect, and if they're merely not going to give it to us, we're coming here to take it back, like we took every street in America back.”

The president of New York’s police union, Pat Lynch, said members will continue to follow Bloomberg to public events.

City police have been working without a contract for more than two years. The mayor says the city can’t afford to give the officers raised higher than it has already offered.