City responds to Shreveport police union's opposition to g-league arena

City responds to Shreveport police union's opposition to g-league arena
(Source: City of Shreveport)
(Source: City of Shreveport)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The city of Shreveport's chief administrative officer released a statement Wednesday afternoon in response to a police union's opposition to a proposed sports arena and multi-use development.

The Shreveport Police Officers Association has come out against the $30 million proposal to build the facilities if the city is chosen to host an NBA g-league team.

The proposal won the backing of the Shreveport City Council in a 5-2 vote Tuesday.

Michael Carter, the union's president, held a news conference Wednesday announcing the group's active opposition to the plan and calling on the public to speak out against it as well.

Carter noted that the union has worked to get pay raises for police officers for the past 11 years.

"The rank and file is fed up. It's time for City Hall to move forward toward helping us keep this city safe," said Carter, who added that the funds proposed for the arena could be used to transform the Shreveport Police Department.

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On Tuesday, the city said the $30 million is from money that's specifically earmarked for development of the city's riverfront.

Brian Crawford, the city's chief administrative officer, said Wednesday in his response to the police union's criticism that work is underway to get police officers and firefighters a pay increase above and beyond the annual raises that already are awarded.

Following is his statement on the matter:

"Please see the attached City of Shreveport Human Resources document related to Police Officer and Firefighter annual pay increases.

Carter, the police union president, earlier Wednesday released this statement:

"The Shreveport Police Officers Association opposes a "G" League Basketball Arena expenditure in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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