On April 8, 2019, a class action lawsuit was filed against the River City Fraternal Order of Police in Jefferson County because of the loss of death benefits.
Officers from the old Jefferson County police force were first offered a special death insurance-like program by their union in 1991. They stopped taking new members, however, when the county and city police departments merged with their unions. The benefit worked like a supplemental insurance policy. For decades, officers paid $10 a month for a $10,000 payout in the event of their passing. The money was supposed to go to their loved ones to help with funeral expense.