Portland deletes suspension from captain’s file

Capt. Mark Kruger was suspended for posting a plaque that honored Nazi-era German soldiers

Portland police Capt. Mark Kruger (FILE, KOIN 6)
Portland police Capt. Mark Kruger (FILE, KOIN 6)

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 released the following statement Wednesday night:

“I’m not defending actions from 15 years ago. And I’m not addressing the details of the negotiated settlement. But removing disciplinary documents from police files doesn’t change the facts, especially in a well-known story like this one. Since I arrived, we have improved police discipline rules to make them timely, consistent and predictable. There’s still more work to be done. We are moving the bureau forward.”

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