Milwaukee Police Association
Press Release

Disabled MPD Officers Entitled to Full Back Pay

Statement by Milwaukee Police Association President Andrew Wagner

By - May 7th, 2024 02:10 pm

The Milwaukee Police Association is pleased and gratified with today’s court decision that paces the way for injured police officers to receive the full amount of retroactive benefits they are owed by the City of Milwaukee.

This decision puts an end to Attorney Christopher MacGillis‘ audacious request for $1.2 million in attorney’s fees he wanted taken directly from the back pay owed to the injured officers. No one should profit on the backs of injured police officers.

We commend the city’s voluntary change in practice and calculation of former MPA members and current DDR (Duty Disability Retirement) beneficiaries. When the city was prepared to pay $3.6 million in additional benefits to the disabled police officers last summer, we were outrage when Attorney MacGillis filed a motion to stop the payments.

Not only did these disabled officers risk losing 1/3 of benefits that they are entitled to, but they also have not received these retroactive benefits yet, even though the city was prepared to pay them last summer. We expect the city will now move expeditiously to pay these officers.

Our members risk their lives for this community every day – and many have paid for it with a myriad of health issues that forced them into an early retirement. Our injured officers deserve better.

Andrew Wagner
Milwaukee Police Association
Local #21, IUPA

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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