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Jury issues $425K verdict against DC police force

Friday - 12/20/2013, 1:49pm  ET

ERIC TUCKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal jury has for the second time ruled in favor of five black District of Columbia police officers in a retaliation lawsuit.

The jury on Thursday awarded the officers $425,000.They alleged that the department retaliated against them after they complained of racial discrimination within their specialized unit.

Lawyers for the city denied the allegations.

A federal appeals court in February threw out a $900,000 verdict from the first trial because of what it said were improper remarks from a plaintiff's lawyer during closing arguments.

The case went to trial again this month.

Jennifer Klar, a lawyer for the officers, says the verdict shows that the jury did not accept the police department's "excuses."


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