Jury Awards LAPD Officer $2M, Orders Reinstatement

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Article Date: 5/26/2010 | Resource: MLG

Jury Awards LAPD Officer $2M, Orders Reinstatement

A jury has awarded a Los Angeles police officer $2 million and ordered him reinstated with back pay in a case that flared up five years ago when he was reprimanded for leaving work five minutes early.

The jury reached its decision last Thursday for Officer Richard Joaquin, who has returned to work.

Jurors ruled that Joaquin was unfairly fired, likely in retaliation for filing complaints against the supervisor who cited him in 2005 for leaving work early.

Joaquin’s attorney says animosity between the two had been festering for a year or two before that.

After the firing, Internal Affairs investigated. A review board sided with the superior and upheld Joaquin’s dismissal.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says the city is considering an appeal.

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Jeffrey Marquart