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Widow of fallen police officer demands reinstatement of pay cut

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The 4.6 percent pay cut for city employees was instituted back in June of 2011. The 4.6 percent pay cut for city employees was instituted back in June of 2011.
Warren's late husband and her children's father, Memphis police officer Timothy Warren, was shot and killed in the line of duty July 2011 inside the downtown Doubletree Hotel. Warren's late husband and her children's father, Memphis police officer Timothy Warren, was shot and killed in the line of duty July 2011 inside the downtown Doubletree Hotel.
Warren said her husband loved his job enough to take another so he could stick with it. Warren said her husband loved his job enough to take another so he could stick with it.

(WMC-TV) - A widow of a fallen police officer sat in a city council meeting Tuesday demanding police get back a 4.6 percent pay cut. Betsey Warren's husband, Tim, was shot and killed in the line duty last year.

Her son, 10-year-old James Warren, brought along his iPad and 6-year-old Jewel's sidewalk chalk kept her occupied – all while their mother set up camp in front of Memphis City Hall.

"I am down here because I want the city council to reinstate that 4.6 and I want them to leave everything else alone," said Warren.

The 4.6 percent pay cut for city employees was instituted back in June of 2011 – just one month before her husband was murdered.

"My husband gave his life for this city. That 4.6 was taken out before I got my, his pension," said Warren.

Warren's late husband and her children's father, Memphis police officer Timothy Warren, was shot and killed in the line of duty July 2011 inside the downtown Doubletree Hotel.

Warren said her husband loved his job enough to take another so he could stick with it.

A burden she says too many have to bear.

"My husband had to work two jobs, just to make ends meet ... with me working full-time," she said.

As for the here and now – the former Memphis City School teacher turned stay-at-home Mom is positive her family would now qualify for, but is too proud to even consider, welfare aid.

"It's extremely difficult ... That's why they're out here today 'cause I don't have babysitters. I can't afford 'em," she said.

Warren said she'll be in the front row during the council meeting. She hopes she will be allowed to let city leaders know exactly what she thinks.

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