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#ThrowbackThursday: OKC police badges tossed with 1975 strike

Oklahoma City officials and employees count police badges turned in amid a wage dispute between the city and Oklahoma City police officers. This photo was published on Oct. 24, 1975, in The Daily Oklahoman. Police officers had tossed their badges onto a conference table during a city council emergency finance committee meeting at city hall. By the end of the day, about 500 officers had delivered their badges to city hall, marking the first police strike in Oklahoma City's history. Mayor Patience Latting, bottom right, said the officers' decision was "hastily considered. It is one they themselves will regret." Within three days the strike was over after the acceptance of a 9% pay raise. [BOB ALBRIGHT/THE OKLAHOMAN]
Oklahoma City officials and employees count police badges turned in amid a wage dispute between the city and Oklahoma City police officers. This photo was published on Oct. 24, 1975, in The Daily Oklahoman. Police officers had tossed their badges onto a conference table during a city council emergency finance committee meeting at city hall. By the end of the day, about 500 officers had delivered their badges to city hall, marking the first police strike in Oklahoma City's history. Mayor Patience Latting, bottom right, said the officers' decision was "hastily considered. It is one they themselves will regret." Within three days the strike was over after the acceptance of a 9% pay raise. [BOB ALBRIGHT/THE OKLAHOMAN]

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Linda Lynn, News Research Editor

Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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