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Jury awards former Anchorage police officers nearly $1 million each in racial discrimination suit

  • Author: Laurel Andrews
  • Updated: March 8, 2017
  • Published March 7, 2017

Plaintiffs Alvin Kennedy, left, and Eliezer Feliciano confer on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Nesbett Courthouse. (Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News)

Two former Anchorage Police Department officers were awarded nearly $1 million each by an Anchorage Superior Court jury that found the men were the subjects of discrimination and retaliation by the department.

The city is deciding whether to appeal the verdict, city attorney Bill Falsey said Tuesday.

The jury found that both Alvin Kennedy and Eliezer Feliciano, former undercover detectives, had been subjects of a hostile work environment and were retaliated against after raising the issues of racial discrimination.

Kennedy was awarded $845,676 in damages; Feliciano was awarded $933,536.

Zoran Yankovich, right, testifies on behalf of plaintiffs Alvin Kennedy, left, and Eliezer Feliciano, center right, as Superior Court Judge Frank A. Pfiffner, center left, presides on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Nesbett Courthouse. (Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News)

The two men had worked at APD for 20 years before leaving and later suing the city in 2010. Kennedy is African-American and Feliciano is Hispanic.

In addition to the jury's decisions on work environment and retaliation, the municipality violated its obligation of good faith and fair dealing, and made the officers' working conditions intolerable, which led to their departure from the department, the special verdict says.

The two men were awarded $380,000 in past lost wages and benefits and $70,304 in future lost wages and benefits. Kennedy was awarded noneconomic damages of $395,372, and Feliciano was awarded $483,232 in damages.

"We're disappointed in the result," said Falsey, the city attorney. "We're reviewing our options."

The racial discrimination lawsuit was retried after jurors in 2014 remained split on the retaliation complaint. The trial began Jan. 30 and the verdict was handed down Tuesday.

Alaska Dispatch News reporter Devin Kelly contributed to this report. 


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