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Former assistant SPD chief defends actions in retaliation trial

On the final day of testimony, the department's attorney called a former member of the command staff to the stand.  Former assistant chief Nick Metz was once one of the most recognizable faces of SPD.

A retaliation trial against Seattle police is now in the hands of a jury.

On the final day of testimony, the department's attorney called a former member of the command staff to the stand. Former assistant chief Nick Metz was once one of the most recognizable faces of SPD.

Thursday, he took the stand to clarify the role he played in disciplining an embattled sergeant, Ella Elias, who made racially charged statements she claims were taken out of context.

Metz called her a polarizing figure when it came to issues of race, but denied being involved in the decision to transfer her out of the South Precinct.
Metz also had to answer questions about alleged favoritism he showed for a group of black officers who worked with Elias.

Elias had reported an unfair practice of giving those officers lucrative overtime shifts.
Lt Steve Strand and Captain Dave Proudfoot claimed they were transferred to lower paying jobs after they stood up for her.

All three are suing the department. Their attorneys asked the jury to consider a 1 to 3 million dollar award for each plaintiff if they believe their case.

They begin deliberations Friday.