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Public interest lost in selection of arbitrators

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LAWRENCE HARMON’S timely and needed article (“Do arbitrators give violent cops a pass?”, Op-ed, June 29) does omit one point. The arbitrators in police misconduct cases come from a panel of arbitrators usually pre-selected during collective bargaining of the latest union contract. One of the giveaways to the union by elected officials is yielding to union preferences on arbitrators (i.e., those with a known track record of overturning suspensions and terminations). Taxpayer-voters won’t know; they never learn of it. Union member voters very much will know. And when a termination is overturned, elected officials can blame the arbitrator.

John H. Henn


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