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D.C. Detective Disciplined After Speaking Out Awarded $2 In Damages

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The case of William Hawkins was about principle, his lawyer says, not the $2 in damages he received.
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The case of William Hawkins was about principle, his lawyer says, not the $2 in damages he received.

A federal jury has awarded $2 to a D.C. police detective who was disciplined after being quoted in a newspaper making comments critical of a police department initiative.

William Hawkins alleged that he'd been unfairly retaliated against for comments about the department's "All Hands on Deck'' program. That program requires all available officers to report to patrol duty for a 48-hour period.

Hawkins was quoted in a 2009 Washington Post article as saying he didn't think detectives should have to be pulled off their cases to participate in the "All Hands on Deck'' program.

Hawkins' lawyer, Anthony Conti, says the jury awarded Hawkins $2 for claims of emotional distress and reputational harm.

Conti says his client is pleased with the outcome. He says the case was about principle, not money.

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