- Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) - A former New Jersey police officer has been awarded $1.4 million after he said he was harassed out of his job for refusing to dismiss a parking ticket given to the wife of a corrections officer.

The New Jersey Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2uNTU9Y) that a six-person jury on Wednesday awarded former Hamburg Officer Daniel Farruggio $144,000 for lost wages, $500,000 for emotional distress and $800,000 in punitive damages.

Faruggio filed a civil suit against Hamburg in 2014 after he said a former sergeant slapped him across the back of the head, made him clean bathrooms and put him in 12-hour night shifts for several months.

He says that was retaliation for not dismissing the parking ticket as requested by the sergeant.

A lawyer or the town says he needs to discuss with his clients whether to appeal.

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