Coeur d'Alene to appeal $3.7M wrongful termination verdict


COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) _ The attorney for Coeur d'Alene says the city plans to appeal a federal jury's verdict awarding $3.7
million in a former police officer's wrongful discharge case.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports a jury on Wednesday awarded Daniel C. Dixon $2.7 million for lost wages and
benefits and another $500,000 for emotional pain and suffering. The
jury awarded Dixon's wife $500,000 for the family's pain and
Dixon sued after he was demoted from his lieutenant's position
to patrol in August 2009 when a subordinate officer complained
Dixon tampered with his work schedule.
Attorney Larry Beck says Dixon prevented the other officer from
working overtime because it wasn't necessary. Beck says a sham
investigation also found Dixon cheated on his timecard.
Attorney Mike Gridley says the city stands by its decision to
demote Dixon.

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