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Raise for patrolmen becomes hot topic

Walsh criticizes 25% raise for police

An arbitrator’s decision on Friday to award Boston police patrol officers a 25.4 percent raise over six years has ignited a firestorm of accusations between city leaders, and seems poised to become a key issue in the suddenly heated-up race for mayor.

Early Saturday, mayoral candidate and state Representative Martin J. Walsh criticized the raise as unaffordable and blasted Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s administration for not resolving the pay dispute during negotiations, instead putting the decision in the hands of a third-party arbitrator. He called for the union and the city to return to the bargaining table.

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