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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The Phoenix City Council voted late last night to cut police officer salary and benefits by 2.5% over two years.

"It's unbelievable what you witnessed last night, that's why I was do disgusted, so angry," said Joe Clure.

Clure is the President of the Phoenix Police Officers Association. They fought the cut despite four other city unions including the firefighters union accepting the new contract with the cuts.

"How much is enough? We've been shouldering the burden for the 520 layoffs," said Clure.

PLEA says that it's officers already took a pay cut during the last contract.

"The last contract when we did this, we went to the arbitrator, the arbitrator did not side with us they said no I'm going to side with the city and you know what we did, we said that is the process," said Clure.

This time though the arbitrator found that officers should not have their salaries cut, in fact, they should get a raise instead. Despite that finding council members Valenzuela, Pastor, Gallegos, Williams, and Mayor Stanton approved the cut.

"The decision to reduce the pay of our employees was difficult as I believe we have the hardest working employees in the nation, and every city employee deserves a pay increase. Unfortunately, given the tough economic times facing the city, pay increases this year are simply not possible," said Mayor Stanton.

The council has one week to reconsider their vote. PLEA says they plan to make a big announcement on Friday.

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