City of Milwaukee, Bucks’ Brown reach settlement: report

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FILE PHOTO: Nov 8, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale (23) drives with the ball while defended by Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez (42) and guard Sterling Brown (23) at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

November 9, 2020

Bucks guard Sterling Brown and the city of Milwaukee settled a lawsuit for unlawful arrest and excessive force stemming from an event involving police officers and Brown in 2018, according to a letter from the city attorney.

Brown would receive $750,000, a public admission of guilt from the Milwaukee PD and a vow that changes to standard operating procedures would be made within the department. The changes, per The Athletic, would need to be made within 180 days of the settlement date.

The city of Milwaukee must approve the proposed settlement.

Tearman Spencer, Milwaukee’s city attorney, requested approval of the settlement in a letter last week. In the filing presented to the city’s Common Council, Spearman wrote, “Because of the unpredictability of a trial, and the City’s risk for exposure to compensatory and punitive damages, as well as additional attorney fees and costs, we recommend the matter is settled for that amount.”

Brown has played three seasons in the NBA, all with the Bucks.

Brown filed a lawsuit in September 2019 and was offered $400,000 but no admission of guilt or acceptance of liability for Brown’s arrest in 2018, when a Taser was used on Brown receiving a citation for double parking at a Walgreens.

Brown was front and center when the Bucks decided to walk out of the Aug. 26 game in the NBA bubble to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.

(Field Level Media)