Durham officers leave meeting in silent protest

October 7, 2008 5:41:30 AM PDT
Hundreds of Durham police officers are using silence to make a point.

Between 200 and 250 officers attended Monday night's city council meeting. They want a pay raise, but because there was no public comment item on the agenda, the officers couldn't speak.

The officers walked out while Mayor Bill Bell was speaking. They say they made their statement even though they weren't allowed to talk.

Before the meeting, many officers marched from the public library to city hall.

Starting pay in Durham, in $30,000 a year for police officers. That's after a recent $4,000 increase.


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