A civil jury Wednesday found two Atlantic City police officers guilty of civil rights violations.

William Forth and William Griggs claimed they were illegally stopped and searched Nov. 23, 2009, as they walked Tennessee Avenue near Magellan to watch Monday Night Football at one of the men's homes.

The men alleged they were held for a half-hour before being let go, and that racist remarks were made.

"I hope everyone involved in this case can learn something and move forward," said Forth's attorney, Ed Weinstock. "Our clients have been vindicated."

He said Forth and Griggs -- who was represented by Sarah Blumberg Weinstock -- had filed Internal Affairs complaints, but they were deemed unfounded.

The jury ruled that the men should be paid $360,000 by the officers, but a settlement was reached Thursday that lessens that amount.

Ed Weinstock would not comment on details of the settlement or name the officers.

"(The case) wasn't an indictment of the Atlantic City Police Department," he said. "It wasn't even an indictment of these specific officers."

He said neither Forth nor Griggs had a criminal history.

"These are two hardworking, law-abiding citizens," he said.