Judge rules for Milwaukee police union on health care

MILWAUKEE, WI &#8211 A judge on Friday granted a permanent injunction blocking Milwaukee’s efforts to make its police officers pay new deductibles and co-pays as part of their health insurance. In a rambling, hour long oral ruling, Circuit Judge Dominic Amato said the city’s attempts to distinguish such payments from health insurance premiums was a […]

Police departments see risks when officers use social media

Note from LRIS: LRIS Director Will Aitchison is quoted in this article. Mr. Aitchison lives and works in Oregon. He is misidentified as a California attorney in the article. A growing number of police agencies are implementing policies to guide employees’ on- and off-duty use of social media. The Mesa Police Department has a work […]

Sergeant Pleads Guilty To Stealing More Than $1.0 Million From Union

CHICAGO, IL &#8211 A former head of the Chicago police sergeants’ union pleaded guilty today to looting more than $1 million in union dues to pay for steak dinners, gambling trips to Las Vegas and a second residence in the city’s Sauganash neighborhood. John Pallohusky, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of theft, a Class […]

Wisconsin Gov. Walker Takes Message On Road To Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL &#8211 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today extolled the courage of Abraham Lincoln to a Springfield audience, and suggested that courage to stand up to public-sector unions is what’s needed for Illinois to fix its fiscal crisis. “Wisconsin couldn’t wait. We had to take action,” Walker told a several hundred enthusiastic business leaders at […]

Sheriff’s deputy files $50m suit over topless photos

JEFFERSON COUNTY, NY &#8211 A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the department, claiming a male detective took topless photos of her for use in an online pedophile investigation, but the photos no longer can be accounted for and she has no way of knowing how the photos were used […]

New Firefighter Contract Will Save $60 Million Over 25 Years

CLARK COUNTY, NV &#8211 The Clark County Commission on Tuesday ratified a three-year contract agreement with firefighters that county officials say will save taxpayers about $60 million over 25 years. The deal, which runs from July 1 to June 30, 2015, eliminates longevity pay for new hires, where county staff expects to reap most of […]

Police Facebook page stirs controversy

REEDSBURG, WI &#8211 The Reedsburg Police Department’s practice of posting suspects’ mug shots on its Facebook page is creating a controversy in the small town. Chief Tim Becker said he’s using his department’s Facebook page to inform the public and remain transparent. While more people have “liked” the police department’s page, others in town are […]

Indianapolis police chief resigns amid controversy over case involving officer

INDIANAPOLIS, IN &#8211 Who could have imagined that one blood sample would cause so much trouble? It has raised suspicion about the competence of the city’s police department. It has raised concerns about whether justice can be served. And now — now that this blood sample has been mishandled yet again — it has toppled […]