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Only Female Pasco Officer Will File $3 Million Claim Against Police Department After Mediation Fails

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PASCO, WA. -- They tried to come to an agreement, but couldn't. Now a Pasco officer is using the department.

Two meetings between the City of Pasco, the Pasco Police Department, and 24-year veteran Officer Dawn Persinger, did nothing to resolve the problem of alleged sexual harassment in the department. 

Now, more than two months after first filing a $1 million claim against the city, Officer Persinger and her attorney are planning to file a new claim. This time for $3 million. 

We talked to Officer Persinger's lawyer, Bill Gilbert, Thursday afternoon. He said the number went up after talking to an economics expert who says if Persinger walks away from her job today, her entire losses would be more than just a million. 

"Well Dawn's been dealing with this stuff for 22 years," Gilbert said. "And it's just progressively gotten worse and she's finally had a belly full. And something needs to change. I mean there's a reason why they can't keep women in the department."

Gilbert says, Persinger truly wants to see the department reform to be more welcoming to female officers after all this is over. 

We reached out to Chief Metzger and Pasco Police Department representatives. They told me they couldn't comment on pending litigation and directed us to call the city attorney.

We did. But he never returned our call.