UTICA, N.Y. – Utica police officers who left their shifts or called in sick after a fellow officer was suspended in September participated in an illegal strike, according to Utica Police Department and the police union.
UPD and the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) have agreed that the 36 officers were wrong to strike and will forfeit pay for that time. The two entities are also discussing how to resolve pending disciplinary actions for the officers involved.
The PBA says its members will accept the penalties and never participate in an illegal strike again.
The officers left their posts on Sept. 25, after Utica police released a video showing a police sergeant making “inappropriate comments” to residents during a confrontation on Blandina Street in August. The officer was suspended pending an independent investigation that is still ongoing.