Bay City, MI Police purchase billboards to make 5 officer layoffs known.

Two brand-new billboards paid for by Bay City police officers…

Two brand-new billboards paid for by Bay City police officers are capturing a lot of attention.

The Fraternal Order of Police is using the space to lash out at Bay City officials over the decision to lay off five police officers — as the city commission plans to spend $1.6 million to replace City Hall’s roof.

The billboards on Saginaw and Columbus streets and on Euclid read “City Hall’s Roof will not stop you from getting: Beaten, Shot, Stabbed, Robbed. 5 Laid Off Bay City Cops Could Have!”

The billboards also show a masked gunman with the words: “POSSIBLE. The result of Bay City Commissioners laying off five police officers.”

The city had asked all eight of its unions, and nonunion employees, to make 10.8 percent in labor cuts to help with a $1.66 million budget deficit for 2010-2011 fiscal year, which began July 1.

The firefighters union is the only group to reach an agreement.

The city has placed an Aug. 31 deadline for all unions to have a contract in place. Any laid off employees would return to work if an agreement is reached before the deadline.

“We’re trying to make an outcry,” said Bay City police officer Rich Roberts. “If it raises a little bit of awareness, then we’ve done something good.”

The Fraternal Order of Police are paying between $600-$800 a month for the billboards.

Source: WNEM

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