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Judge: D.C. police broke whistleblower act

A D.C. Superior Court judge upheld a jury's finding that the District police violated the city's whistleblower act when they suspended a police officer in 2005.

The officer was suspended after informing city officials that the department allegedly brokered an illegal deal to provide security in the Gallery Place area.

But Judge A. Franklin Burgess found that the evidence "did not support" the jury's verdict against Chief Cathy Lanier, and ordered she would not be subject to any fine or discipline.

The jury in August found that officer Sean McLaughlin was wrongly suspended after he alerted the mayor's office and the D.C. Council that the department had brokered a deal to make officers available to provide security in the area.

The department had rejected requests by McLaughlin and other officers to supply off-duty security in the same neighborhood.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  | October 27, 2010; 4:55 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Maria Glod, The District, Updates  
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