Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown has reached a $750,000 settlement with the city of Milwaukee for his civil rights lawsuit, according to Shams Charania.
Brown’s lawsuit accused police officers of race-based arrest and excessive force from an incident back in January 2018.
Along with the financial settlement in Brown’s lawsuit stating officers used excessive force with a taser and racially profiled him, the city of Milwaukee would admit to constitutional violation and commitment to incorporate changes to the Police Department operating procedures, Charania adds.
Officers arrested and tased Brown outside a Walgreens after they found his car double-parked across two parking spots in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2018.
While Brown was waiting for a citation, several officers arrived on scene and the incident escalated when an officer ordered Brown to take his hands out of his sweatshirt.
When Brown did not comply, officers took him to the ground and tasered him.
Brown told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated in July 2018:
“During the day I’m not going to park double handicap. I was literally in and out. But I parked in a double handicap. I should have been given a ticket, no doubt about it. That has [been] no justification to what escalated afterwards. So I did it, but what came after, you can’t even compare it to what I should’ve gotten for what happened.”
Brown said he feared for his life and his mindset was to stay as calm as possible so he could “get home.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver called the video of Brown’s arrest “disheartening.”