Civil Lawsuit Trial begins early Thursday in Federal Court

Trial in the long standing, and contentious federal lawsuit pitting two former Fairbanks police officers against the City of Fairbanks gets underway early Thursday downtown at the Fairbanks Federal Courthouse.

Doug Whorton and Al Hutton filed a lawsuit against the City of Fairbanks back in March, 2008.

Their lawsuit claims they were demoted for raising concerns about the police department to former Fairbanks City Mayor Terry Strle, therefore violating their rights under the Alaska Whistleblower Act. The pair has said they approached Strle to discuss training and equipment problems within the police bureau. However, in court records, Strle has stated that Whorton and Hutton sought to discredit their bosses instead, and that nothing was mentioned about training and equipment.

Strle served one term as Fairbanks City Mayor from 2007 to 2010.

U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline is overseeing the civil case, and has already thrown out many  of the allegations brought forth by Whorton and Hutton.