Almost three years after his late-night encounter with police officers, Milwaukee Bucks security guard Sterling Brown reached a settlement for $ 750,000 in his civil rights lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee.
Brown authorized his attorney, Mark Thomsen, to sign the settlement agreement on Friday after initially rejecting a $ 400,000 offer in October 2019.
On January 26, 2018, Brown claimed that Milwaukee officials attacked him outside a Walgreens store for being black. They used a stun gun when he did not immediately pull his hands out of his pockets as instructed while waiting for a parking quote.
He first filed the lawsuit in June 2018 after body camera footage was released showing a Milwaukee police officer stepping on his ankle while arrested while others mocked his potential civil rights complaint.
In addition to the money, Brown would like the settlement to include a joint statement from the City of Milwaukee, authorizing a violation of the constitution and a commitment to incorporate changes to the Milwaukee Police Department Standard Operating Instructions that will be implemented within 180 days of implementation need the agreement.
All along, Brown stated that his stance was more than just a financial gain.
"I have a lot of people going through the same thing in Chicago and at home," Brown told ESPN in December. "So I know it's happening in Milwaukee, so I'm pretty much the voice for those who don't have the platform to do this national news on."
"Because of the unpredictability of litigation and the city's risk of compensatory and punitive changes, as well as additional attorney fees and expenses, we recommend settling this matter at that amount," said Milwaukee City attorney Tearman Spencer and the Assistant City Attorney Robin A. Pederson wrote to the Milwaukee City Council on Nov. 4 as a proposed settlement of claims.
"Consistent with our recommendation, we are requesting permission to enter into a settlement agreement on behalf of the city and its official and have included an appropriate resolution for your review."
The Milwaukee Bucks issued a statement Monday: "We are pleased that Sterling's lawsuit has been mutually settled and that the City of Milwaukee and its Police Department have made an important commitment to make changes to the MPD's Standard Operating Instructions. Nobody should ever do this . " We must face the terrible abuse and injustice that Sterling has experienced. We commend Sterling for his courageous response to this dire situation, by repeatedly sharing his story and working tirelessly with countless local groups and organizations to bring about change in our community. And we also commend the city's leadership for their commitment to making these important changes into a better Milwaukee. "
Brown averaged 5.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist in his third season with the Bucks in 2019-20. He couldn't be reached for comment.