Police captain suspended over plaque gets file cleared

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland police captain who was suspended for posting a plaque that honored Nazi-era German soldiers will have the disciplinary action removed from his personnel file.

The city of Portland agreed to that after Capt. Mark Kruger threatened a lawsuit. Kruger claimed a city official repeatedly slandered him in text messages by referring to him as a Nazi.

Kruger posted the plaque in a city park in 1999 and removed it about five years later. He described himself as a military history buff, and denied any admiration for Nazis.

Besides removing the suspension from Kruger's record, the city agreed to pay him $5,000 and erase a reprimand he got for retaliating against a lieutenant.

Mayor Charlie Hales said in a statement Wednesday night that removing the documents "doesn't change the facts, especially in a well-known story like this one."

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