A federal jury is in its second day of deliberations in the civil trial involving two former Fairbanks City police officers who claim they were wrongly terminated.
The case dates back to 2008.
Former Police Lieutenant Doug Whorton, and Officer Al Hutton are seeking compensation for lost wages and benefits, as well as punitive damages.
They argue they were dismissed in retaliation for going to former Fairbanks City Mayor Terry Strle in 208 to talk about workplace safety, union business and
nepotism within the department.
Strle, who served as City Mayor from 2007 through 2010, has stated in court records however that the pair aired concerns about their bosses instead.
Strle, and the two supervisors in question, former Fairbanks Police Chief Dan Hoffman, and current Deputy Chief Brad Johnson were the three primary witnesses to take
the stand for the defendant in the case, the City of Fairbanks.
Hoffman and Johnson were initially named in the lawsuit, but allegations against them were thrown out by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline, who is overseeing the case.
Back in 2010, in an interview wit News Center 11, Hutton said it was his hope early on that "filing civil action could have been avoided.
"We wholeheartedly stand firm that the ends do justify the means in this," said Hutton. "Violating somebody's civil rights, no matter who they are, is unacceptable. And they need to be
addressed in court."
"And this needs to be prevented from happening to any officer that might come forward and says "hey, see where this may be a potential problem in the future where the police department
and the City gets sued," says Hutton. "We need to correct it. And them (the City) be punished for doing so."