- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Three former Mocksville police officers say they’re ready to return to work after winning a lawsuit challenging their firings.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1R10c8T) that former Lt. Rick Donathan said Thursday that he and former Maj. Ken Hunter and Detective Jerry Medlin want to return.

The men were fired in 2011 and sued in 2012, saying their dismissal violated their First Amendment rights.

A federal jury in Winston-Salem this week awarded the officers just over $4 million. The officers said they were fired for trying to report corruption. Town officials denied that, saying they had other reasons for the terminations.

Town Attorney Hank Van Hoy said municipal officials are considering their next step. Van Hoy says no decision could be made about reinstatement until the town decides whether to appeal.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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