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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Twelve Chattanooga police master patrolmen have sued the city over an ongoing pay disparity in which some junior officers are paid more than their senior supervisors.

The officers allege in the lawsuit, filed in Hamilton County Chancery Court on Tuesday, that recently promoted master patrolmen, a rank below sergeant in the department, are being paid higher salaries. The plaintiffs, who already held the rank, have not received the pay with their earlier promotions, the lawsuit claims.

Local attorney Scott Bennett, who represents the dozen officers, alleges in court documents that the city began a program of training and promotion that pushed level one patrolmen up a promotion ladder as they completed requirements but ended before those in higher ranks could participate because of underfunding and poor management.

The officers are requesting back pay and benefits lost since disparities began.

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