City of Milwaukee officials on Tuesday agreed to a settlement of $ 750,000 in a lawsuit brought by NBA player Sterling Brown over his subpoena and arrest in 2018, filmed by a body camera.
Milwaukee Common Council approved settlement in a 14-0 vote, with one abstaining member.
The measure will now go to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) to sign the legislation, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The settlement also requires the city to implement changes to the Milwaukee Police Department, including its fair and impartial policing standards, training and career development, and practices. search, seizure and use of force, Sentinel Journal reported.
The settlement does not admit that the police violated Brown’s constitutional rights in the January 2018 incident, although it includes a formal apology from the city council and the police department grateful “that the incident escalated unnecessarily and despite Mr. Brown’s calm demeanor.
Brown’s attorney, Mark Thomsen, said in a statement to the Sentinel Journal that with the settlement “the city turns a page and embraces the 21st century, where we will insist on recognizing the rights of citizens, the rights of the man and the development of a police force of peace officers. working with the community to improve our city.
“The payment of the 750,000 dollars recognizes the value of the civil rights of individuals and in particular young African-American men, who have been abused for too long and have seen their civil rights violated without any real control,” he added. .
In body camera images According to the 2018 incident, Brown, who at the time was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, could be seen confronting police over a parking violation as he exited a store.
The situation then escalated, and Brown was eventually pulled to the ground while one of the officers shouted: “Taser! Taser! Taser!”
Brown, who signed with the Houston Rockets in 2020, argued in his lawsuit that police targeted him and used excessive force because he was black, violating his Fourth Amendment right against searches and abusive seizures.
In a statement from May 2018Brown called his law enforcement experience a few months prior “bad”, adding that it “shouldn’t happen to anyone.”
“What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the illegal use of physical force, including being handcuffed and subpoenaed, then illegally booked,” he added at the time.