Bucks' Brown Reaches Settlement on Civil Rights Lawsuit

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown has reportedly settled with the city of Milwaukee over a civil rights lawsuit stemming from a 2018 incident in which Brown was arrested.

According to The Athletic, the 25-year-old Brown reached a $750,000 settlement with Milwaukee “for his lawsuit accusing police officers of an unlawful race-based arrest and excessive force” on Jan. 26, 2018. Shams Charania reported that within 180 days of execution of the settlement, the city of Milwaukee must issue a statement admitting to a constitutional violation and committing to changing operating procedures within the Milwaukee Police Department.

The incident happened during Brown’s rookie season, when he was arrested while waiting to receive a citation for being double-parked outside a Walgreens in Milwaukee. He was never charged and filed a formal complaint in June 2018 alleging that he was unlawfully arrested and tased because he was Black.

Brown and the Bucks took a vocal role after this summer’s police shooting of Jacob Black in Kenosha, Wis. The Bucks chose not to take the court for a playoff game against the Orlando Magic, which led to a pause in the playoffs as the NBA discussed the best ways to ignite change.

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