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Group that represents black officers, the "Sentinels", respond to FOP votes

Group that represents black officers, the "Sentinels", respond to FOP votes (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The group that represents black officers speaks out about controversial votes by Cincinnati's FOP.

FOP members voted to withdraw from efforts to refresh the collaborative agreement.

Local 12's Brad Underwood was at Sentinel headquarters to gather details about the group's message.

As Brad mentioned, late on Wednesday afternoon, FOP President Dan Hils announced on Facebook that the entire FOP membership would decide on the future of co-operating with the collaborative agreement.

Here is the statement from FOP President Hils in full:

Following the vote Monday on the collaborative agreement I have met with Vice President Don Meece and conferred with our attorney, Steve Lazuraus. Don and I have decided to petition the FOP Executive Board to order a special ballot vote of the membership. The entire membership will be given the opportunity to direct the union to participate, or not, in the Collaborative “Refresh”. We will also petition the floor at the next regular meeting with a motion that retired members abstain from this vote.
In 2002 the entire active duty membership voted to enter the collaborative agreement. To be consistent, the entire membership should be included in this current decision. This is far too important for a small percentage of our members to decide. This decision does not negate the disappointment in the actions of some of the other partners in the collaborative.
The dates of these steps will be released soon.
Daniel J. Hils
FOP #69, President

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