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Waterloo officer Kyle Law allowed to live outside city limits

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - A Waterloo police officer wants to move out of city limits because he's being threatened. 

Waterloo emergency response workers are required to live within 10 miles of City Hall, but Monday night the city council granted an exception to Officer Kyle Law. 

Law claims he's been threatened several times since November 2012, when he shot and killed 22-year-old Derrick Ambrose, Jr.

A grand jury cleared Law of any wrongdoing, but he says he wanted to move his family to a safe area because of those threats.

"They've made comments (that) they're going to find out where he lives, or they indicated they know where he lives, and those are quite concerning," said Waterloo Chief of Police Dan Trelka.

While a majority of council members agreed to approved Law's request, Councilman Ron Welper voted against it.

"I'm not going to tell anybody where they choose to live, but if they wish to live in another community, maybe they need to look for employment in that community," said Welper. 

Others say officers should live in the city they protect, be a part of their community, and also pay taxes.

"One of the things that upsets our citizens most is when their tax dollars pay for our city employees, and then those city employees live elsewhere and are not contributing to our tax base," said Welper. 

Chief Trelka says the thought the policy was meant for quicker response times, but he isn't too concerned with where his officers live.

"If we have an emergency in Waterloo, I'm going to have the bodies to take care of it," said Trelka. 
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