Rockford's Police Union President meets with a city alderman to show they're standing with west side residents.
At Monday's city council meeting several aldermen and the mayor spoke out against a police demand for hazard pay for working on the west side.
Police Union President Terry Peterson wanted to make it clear that their demand for hazard pay isn't designed to offend anyone, but to show that there's a real need for police on the west side.
"It wasn't targeted toward any group it was targeted toward a geographic area where we can show statistically is in need of police services to eradicate some of the most violent crime that's taking place right now."
Peterson stood side by side with Linda McNeely. She represents Rockford's 13th ward and is one of the aldermen upset over the demand for hazard pay. The two came together to show that police and west side residents need work together.
"This is not the time for us to have racial divide in the city or any other city and I think it's unfortunate and irresponsible for any individual that's in political office representing a whole city to approach it in that manner," said McNeely.
McNeely and Peterson blame much of the fallout from the demand for hazard pay on Rockford's Mayor and how his administration has handled negotiations.
"The administration, in it's typical form is vilifying city employees and employee representatives by isolating something that they can spin in a negative way against the police officers and try to garner some type of a community against the police officers and police officer organizations rather than frankly going to the table and discussing what those proposals were intended to do," said Peterson.
13 NEWS reached out to the mayor's office this afternoon and are waiting on a call back.
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