LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A former Los Angeles police sergeant who said he was forced to quit his job after being retaliated against for corroborating a colleague's accusations of racism by a supervisor was today awarded nearly $2.9 million.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for part of Wednesday afternoon and this morning before finding in favor of former Newton Division Sgt. Pedro Torres in his constructive termination and retaliation lawsuit against the city.

Deputy City Attorney Daniel Aguilera declined to comment on the verdict.

Torres said he had to leave his job after 15 years in 2011 because the stress from the retaliation caused panic attacks and other health problems so severe he could no longer continue with the department.

"This was the end of his career, a career, I might add, that he loved," his attorney, Gregory W. Smith, told jurors Wednesday during final arguments.

Torres' other lawyer, Boros Koron, said today his client had to wait more than three years for his case to get to trial because it went before several different judges. One of the bench officers, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller, voluntarily removed himself because his son is an attorney for the city of Los Angeles.

Judge James Dunn ultimately presided over the trial, and Torres "finally got his day in court," Koron said.

Torres, a divorced father of two daughters, is prevented under the terms of his disability retirement from working in law enforcement again or from carrying a firearm, Koron said.

In 2008, Torres gave deposition and trial testimony supporting LAPD Officer Robert Hill's allegations against Hill's supervisor, Newton Division Sgt. Gilbert Curtis, Smith said.

Hill, who is white, claimed he was transferred to another station and given an inferior work assignment because he told supervisors in 2004 that Curtis made racist statements about blacks and Latinos. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded Hill $3.12 million.

Smith maintained that in retaliation, LAPD management denied Torres a promotion to detective and suspended him for five days for allegedly using excessive force to save a kidnapping victim.

In the abduction incident, Torres shot out the tires of a van in which a woman was being held against her will by two men, Smith said. After initially touting Torres' actions as heroic in a news release describing the incident, the LAPD later punished him with the suspension, saying he violated department policy against firing a weapon at a moving vehicle, Smith said.

Torres took the action to save the woman's life, Smith said.

Deputy City Attorney Richard Loomis, who along with Aguilera handled the city's defense during trial, downplayed the discipline, saying the number of days Torres was suspended was minimal. He also said officers cannot justify actions simply by stating that the results were good.