PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Once-forgotten plaques placed by a Portland police officer in a city park in 1999 to honor five Nazi-era German soldiers have come back to haunt the city.
Capt. Mark Kruger threatened to sue the city over texts sent by a top police official to an officer characterizing him as a Nazi sympathizer. Instead of going to court, the city settled, agreeing to give Kruger 80 hours of vacation and $5,000.
For some, what came next was too much: His record was wiped clean of the discipline he faced for putting up the plaques, and the chief apologized to him.
Protesters called it an "injustice, and a celebration of white supremacy."
The mayor said he agreed with the outrage, but that the settlement helped avoid costly litigation.