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Report: Milwaukee attorneys propose $400K settlement with Sterling Brown after officers admit civil rights violation

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It appears that the Milwaukee city attorney’s office is seeking a settlement with Bucks guard Sterling Brown after Milwaukee police offers testified under oath that they violated the 24-year-old’s civil rights, according to Brown’s attorney via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

City attorney Mark Langley filed a resolution dated Wednesday with the Milwaukee Common Council seeking a payment of $400,000 for Brown’s lawsuit against the city after an arrest for a parking violation that resulted in Brown being tackled, tased and having his ankle stepped on.

The payment — which Langley said would cover all damages, attorney fees and other costs — is scheduled for a vote on June 10.

Sterling Brown’s attorney not jumping at the offer

Curiously, this request for a settlement approval comes despite Brown’s legal team not actually agreeing to the settlement. Attorney Mark Thomsen appeared “irked” by the offer while talking with reporters, according to the Associated Press.

From the Journal-Sentinel:

"I have read the letter, and the letter is dated May 29," Thomsen said. "I was told by Grant Langley this morning that he was thinking about submitting a letter, and he had mentioned nothing about any amount or any discussions."

There is not a settlement, Thomsen added. He said he has not seen an offer of judgment and therefore doesn't know what the terms of any city proposal might be.

Thomsen also reportedly said that “several officers have admitted to violating Mr. Brown’s constitutional rights” in depositions for the lawsuit.

How big will Milwaukee’s bill be for parking lot arrest?

Whether Brown ends up accepting the settlement offer or takes the matter to court, the city attorney’s office doesn’t seem too confident with its position.

In addition to the officers reportedly admitting to civil rights, there is also damning footage of the arrest, officers lamenting that they had violently arrested a professional athlete and resolving to protect themselves and one officer who ended up being fired for multiple Facebook posts that mocked the situation.

Brown was arrested on Jan. 26, 2018 outside a Milwaukee Walgreens after illegally parking in a handicap spot. Officers took Brown down and used a stun gun on him for not immediately taking his hands out of his pockets and at least five vehicles arrived as back-up to handle a parking violation.

FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown prepares to shoot a free throw during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Milwaukee. The city of Milwaukee wants to offer Bucks guard Sterling Brown $400,000 to settle his lawsuit alleging that police used excessive force when they used a stun gun to arrest him over a parking violation. The Journal Sentinel reports that the city's Common Council has scheduled a June 10 vote on whether to extend the offer. City attorneys are asking officials to authorize it. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)
The Milwaukee city attorney is asking for a $400,000 settlement to be approved, despite no agreement with Sterling Brown. (AP)

The Milwaukee police chief has since said he apologized to Brown and suspended 11 of the officers involved in the arrest. According to the AP, Thomsen said the lawsuit was filed without seeking a specific monetary amount because Brown wanted “the city (to) actually admit to the wrongs, admit that his constitutional rights were violated.”

Police have reportedly said they have enacted several reforms since Brown’s arrest, but that apparently might not be enough.

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