LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police Department Lieutenant Jimmy Harper and his attorney sought $6.6 million in damages.
Harper said he believes LMPD Chief Steven Conrad destroyed his career.
There were some wins in Harper's lawsuit against the city, but it was not a total victory.
Jurors found Harper was acting in good faith when he talked to Mayor Greg Fischer about what he believed was mismanagement by Conrad. Harper was later demoted and moved to LMPD's River Patrol.
"We thought there were possibly three whistleblower violations, but the fact that they found even a single whistleblower violation for me, for this police department, is a very serious matter," Thomas Clay, Harper's attorney, said.
All 12 jurors agreed the statements Harper made to Fischer did play a role in his demotion.
"There have been a lot of details and insight into how things work behind the scenes and I think it is a lot for us to digest right now," Nicolai Jilek, President of the Fraternal Order of Police, said.
Jilek said he attended Harper's trial not only in his official role, but to support his former Major.
"It's unfortunate that someone of Major Harper's stature is now in a position where his ability to affect public safety and the community has been diminished," Jilek said.
Harper was compensated for lost wages and emotional distress but was not awarded punitive damages. Instead of the $6.6 million asked for, he was awarded a total of $300,000.
Clay said the future of Harper's career is bleak.
"He is going to go back to the position which was created," Clay said. "It really has few if any responsibilities as a lieutenant."
Conrad responded to the verdict, saying he was disappointed, but standing by his actions:
The county attorney's office said they "greatly respect the jury's time and effort in this case and will confer with our client regarding any possible next steps."
Mayor Fischer also responded, echoing that sentiment. He remained supportive of Conrad in his statement: