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Wijewickrama said they’re suing now, before the General Assembly returns to session in May. He said they’re afraid conservative GOP lawmakers might try to ban this type of lawsuit.

He also said lawmakers and government officials have put other interests ahead of troopers, who risk their lives every day.

“It’s inexcusable, appalling and disgusting that government staffs are given pay raises, and tax dollars are used to repay political favors before paying a promised wage to the men and women who have been shot, cut, beaten and killed in the name of keeping our homes and communities safe,” he said.

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