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The Nation

September 18, 1986

A federal jury in Chicago awarded $4.3 million in damages to 13 police officers who sued the city for reverse discrimination, charging that race and politics prompted their transfers by a black appointee of Mayor Harold Washington to less prestigious jobs. Each of the plaintiffs was awarded $55,000 in actual damages and $275,000 in punitive damages. The lawsuit had requested $250,000 in damages for each man. They were among 28 white males transferred out of the elite Office of Municipal Investigations in 1984.

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