- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The Lakewood Police Department has agreed to pay $150,000 to its former police-union president to settle a federal lawsuit.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/1Fw8t0f ) former Lakewood Officer Brian Wurts sued the department in 2014 after being placed on leave the day after former officer Skeeter Manos was arrested for stealing from a memorial fund for families of officers killed in 2009.

The department claimed that Wurts knew about the thefts but failed to act. Wurts alleged that he was targeted for his union activities and for his vocal criticism of officials.

As part of the settlement, a judge dismissed Wurts’ claim of sexual-orientation discrimination and the city’s claims against Wurts alleging fraud and unjust enrichment.

Wurts’ attorney and Lakewood Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro declined to comment on the settlement.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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