updated 8/1/2007 10:52:34 PM ET 2007-08-02T02:52:34

A police officer who said hard-core pornography was left in her mailbox every day for six months after she became the first and only woman on an undercover gang unit was awarded $150,000 in damages in her harassment lawsuit.

“I told the jury exactly what happened, and the Chicago Police Department, including one commander, one captain, two lieutenants and seven sergeants, all tried to say I wasn’t telling the truth, and the jury saw through it,” Ann McDermott said outside court.

The federal jury on Monday also ordered the city to pay $500,000 in legal fees for McDermott’s lawyers.

The police department’s internal affairs unit had dismissed most of McDermott’s complaints, but police spokeswoman Monique Bond said investigators will now revisit the case.

Tagged a 'beefer'
McDermott, a former teacher, joined the force in 1997. She asked to join the undercover gang unit, becoming the only woman on an eight-officer team. McDermott testified that starting the first day — and every day for six months — she found porn in her mailbox.

When she complained, McDermott said, she was tagged a “beefer,” a term used for officers who report fellow officers. She said she transferred to another district but the porn continued.

McDermott went back to work Tuesday night but said she still feels like a pariah.

“Five to six years later, people still don’t talk to me, still don’t trust me,” she said. “People look at you like you have five eyes. Nobody talks to you. It’s very lonely.”

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