- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A Houma police officer who sued the agency in 2012 for unfair treatment has won a $350,000 federal court judgment.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1yB7aei ) Sgt. Kyle Faulk sued the department for mistreatment after disagreeing with state legislation that continued to keep the police chief position out of civil service protection.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey of New Orleans ruled in Faulk’s favor Wednesday. Of the total award, $275,000 is for punitive damages, $75,000 for legal fees.

“He’s thrilled. He feels like this was certainly a win on behalf of the entire Police Department,” Faulk’s Houma attorney, Jerri Smitko, said Thursday. “It was just a phenomenal result.”

In his suit, Faulk said he was removed from his administrative position as agency spokesman by Police Chief Todd Duplantis. The action, Faulk alleged, was retaliation for his public opposition to the bill, which Duplantis supported.

House Bill 106, written by Rep. Gordon Dove, R-Houma, extended legislation passed in 2009 that allowed the Terrebonne Parish president to hire and fire the Houma Police chief at will rather than requiring the hearing and due process under civil service rules.

Faulk declined comment Thursday due to his continued employment at the Houma Police Department.

Duplantis declined comment on the advice of his attorneys.


Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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