ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) The Anchorage Police Department created a hostile work environment and retaliated against two former officers when they levied allegations of racial discrimination, a jury found on Tuesday.
As a result of the special verdict entered in the Superior Court, the Municipality of Anchorage will either have to pay $1.8 million to the former officers, Eliezer Feliciano and Alvin Kennedy, or file an appeal.
Already, the legal battle has stretched several years since the former officers filed their initial discrimination claim over an incident that happened in 2009.
Documents provided by the former officers' attorney, Ken Legacki, detail the jury's four-count finding: that APD created a hostile work environment that legally caused damage, that the department retaliated and violated the obligation of fair dealing owed to plaintiffs, and that working conditions were made so intolerable that the officers were forced to quit.
The Anchorage Municipal Attorney, William Falsey, released this statement through a spokesperson.
"We thank the jury for their service. We are obviously disappointed with the result and are reviewing our appeal options."