Jury awards $4.1 million to 3 former Mocksville police officers in lawsuit over firings
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A jury has awarded $4.1 million to three former Mocksville police officers who said in a lawsuit that they were fired from their jobs for raising concerns about how their department was run.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported the jury in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem returned its decision around 7 p.m. Wednesday after asking the judge to extend deliberations.
Maj. Ken Hunter, Lt. Rick Donathan and Detective Jerry Medlin were fired Dec. 29, 2011, about two weeks after they had contacted the N.C. Attorney General’s Office and the Governor’s Office to report allegations of misconduct and ask for an independent investigation.
After the firings, they filed a lawsuit claiming that former Mocksville Police Chief Robert Cook and Town Manager Christine Bralley had violated their free-speech rights in firing them.
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