Bucks G Brown not likely to accept $400K offer from city
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A $400,000 settlement offer from the city of Milwaukee to Bucks guard Sterling Brown is not expected to be accepted since the player is also looking for admission that his civil rights were violated, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Wednesday.
The settlement offer stems from an incident in the early-morning hours of July 26, 2018, when Brown was illegally parked in a handicapped spot at a Walgreens. After officers arrived on the scene, the incident escalated to the point where a stun gun was used on Brown when he did not remove his hands from his pockets after he was ordered to do so. A police body camera recorded the exchange.
"I fully anticipate that any settlement that doesn't include an admission that they violated Mr. Brown's civil rights will go nowhere," Brown's attorney Mark Thomsen said, according to the newspaper. "We can't heal in this city without that."
The city's Common Council approved the $400,000 settlement by a 12-2 vote Wednesday after a closed-door debate. The Judiciary and Legislation Committee already had approved the settlement by a 4-1 vote.
After the sum was approved, Common Council president Ashanti Hamilton said that engagements with the city's police force, similar to what Brown experienced, will not be tolerated.
Brown filed a civil rights lawsuit last year, with damages requested for the conduct of Milwaukee police officers, as well as a claim of a wrongful arrest and excessive force. Brown was not charged or cited after the incident. A police officer was fired over social media posts mocking the incident.