Protesters march outside the state Capitol in Madison, Feb. 19, 2011. (WLUK)
MADISON (AP) - The state's largest police union has dropped its challenge to Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions, ending the last legal fight over the contentious prohibitions.The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association filed a lawsuit in 2012 alleging the restrictions violated its right to free speech, association and equal protection. A Dane County judge dismissed the case last year, saying the law doesn't take anything away from workers to which they're constitutionally entitled.The WLEA appealed but the odds were stacked against a reversal. The prohibitions have survived three other court challenges and last week the state Supreme Court upheld them in a fourth case that raised similar issues as WLEA's lawsuit.Court records show the WLEA dropped its appeal on Friday.
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