- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on a sick out by Selma police (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Police in the west Alabama city of Selma are continuing a sick-out amid demands for pay raises.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says about 10 officers failed to report to work Friday.

A dispute between officers and administrators became public Thursday as at least 10 officers called in sick. Officers met with city leaders to discuss pay and concerns over working conditions.

It is not clear how long the sick-out by officers will last, but Mayor George Patrick Evans says the city can seek assistance from other local and state agencies if needed.

Jackson says he supporters the officers seeking a pay raise. He says officers in Selma have to deal with violent crime, and they should be paid more.

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8:23 a.m.

Authorities say at least 10 Selma police officers called in sick to work amid demands for pay raises during an ongoing dispute involving several issues.

The Selma Times-Journal reports that the officers called in sick to work on Thursday, and declined to say whether they would do so again Friday.

Police Officer Michael Kiser tells the Selma newspaper about 20 officers met with Selma Mayor George Evans and city council members for more than three hours Thursday. The officers left the meeting without any guarantees.

Kiser says officers are concerned about the safety of the community, fair pay, a safe working environment, equipment upgrades, fair promotions and hiring, among other issues.

Police Chief John Brock says the department can staff all patrols with detectives, part-time employees and retirees.

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Information from: Times Journal, https://www.selmatimesjournal.com/

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