SAN JOSE (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $3.25 million to a family that accused San Jose police officers of wrongly putting their children in protective custody.

A U.S. District Court jury in San Jose awarded the money to Tracy Watson, Renee Stalker and their children on Friday.

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The jury ruled earlier that police violated Watson and Stalker’s constitutional rights when they entered their home without a warrant in 2005 and seized their three children.

The family says the children were kept from them for more than a year.

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Police were apparently concerned by the 8-year-old daughter’s behavior at school, and believed she may have been abused.

San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle tells the San Jose Mercury News he is considering appealing.

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