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Jury awards police detective $722k

A jury on Friday awarded more than $700,000 to a Spokane police detective they say was wrongly fired and retaliated against by Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.

The amount includes $250,000 in punitive damages against Kirkpatrick, who quickly left Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor’s courtroom with Assistant City Attorney Ellen O’Hara after the verdict was read. Both declined comment.

Read the rest of my story here.

Attorney Bob Dunn gave a closing argument Thrusday so critical of Kirkpatrick that her attorney aplogized to her. Read more here.

Trial begins in SPD detective’s lawsuit

Trial began today in a lawsuit filed against the City of Spokane and Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick by a detective who was fired in the midst of a messy divorce.

Jay Mehring alleges he was wrongfully terminated and defamed in 2007 when Kirkpatrick heard reports that he'd threatened to burn his wife's house down.

Kirkpatrick, who is sitting at the defendant's table for the trial, announced Mehring's arrest in a press conference.

 A jury acquitted him of felony harassment and he was reinstated with the police department. He's currently on paid administrative leave.

Bob Dunn is representing Mehring in the case, which continues with testimony Thursday before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Kathleen O'Connor.

 Past coverage:

Oct. 8: City must turn over emails in Mehring suit

Oct. 7: Judge calls Mehring case 'dysfunctional'

Oct. 4: Detective alleges witness tampering in civil suit

Oct. 4, 2010: Detective in civil suit on leave

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