Lawyer for Sterling Brown Says City of Milwaukee Needs to Admit Guilt in Settlement Over Arrest

    Sterling Brown

    Mark Thomsen, the attorney for Bucks guard Sterling Brown said Wednesday that Milwaukee’s $400,000 offer to settle Brown’s lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee over his arrest last year is insufficient because it doesn’t include an admission of guilt, according to the Associated Press.

    The incident happened in the early morning of Jan. 26, 2018, when officers were doing a business check at a Walgreens at 26th Street and West National Avenue in Milwaukee and spotted Brown’s car parked across two handicapped spots. Eight officers were soon standing around Brown when one asks him to take his hands out of his pockets. An officer would soon yell: “Taser! Taser! Taser!” and Brown was hit and taken down.

    Brown was taken to jail but wasn’t charged. Three officers were disciplined. Their suspensions ranged from 2 to 15 days.

    The lawsuit by Brown alleges the Milwaukee Police Department’s arrest of him was unlawful and racially motivated excessive force. The city of Milwaukee has agreed to offer Brown $400,000 to settle his lawsuit. The Milwaukee Common Council has given Brown 14 days to accept or decline the settlement offer.