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NEW YORK (AP) A ex-NYPD detective who said his career was ruined because he was labeled a 'rat" by other officers will get $280,000 from the city.

James Griffin filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court in 2010 accusing the police department of violating his First Amendment rights.

He said he found the word "rat" written on his locker and that other detectives in his 83rd Precinct detective squad refused to work with him.

The suit says the retaliation began after he reported allegations of misconduct to the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Griffin says he was forced to retire in 2009. The case was settled last week.

The city's Law Department told The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1eqnsvp ) the settlement was not an admission of wrongdoing but "was in the best interest" of the city.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com