- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A jury has awarded a former Colstrip police chief $300,000 after determining that he was wrongfully fired.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://goo.gl/HKhxSR ) jurors voted 11-1 Friday night in finding the city and mayor at fault and determining the damages. They voted unanimously not to award punitive damages.

Larry Reinlasoder was fired in May 2012 over several accusations of misconduct, including one from a female employee who says he asked her to watch pornography with him on a city computer.

His attorney, William D’Alton, says the city was determined to end Reinlasoder’s employment.

Reinlasoder spent more than 20 years as an officer in Billings, but was put on leave and eventually quit before he could be fired for using city resources to conduct his own side business.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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