Brown, 24, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city after he was tackled, tased and stepped on by a police officer over a parking violation. The city attorney’s office filed a resolution in May seeking the $400,000 settlement despite Brown’s attorneys not agreeing to the offer.
Brown wants admission of wrongdoing, attorney says
The settlement was passed by the Judiciary and Legislation Committee, 4-1, and the Common Council, 12-2, with one abstention Wednesday, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The resolution was filed by city attorney Mark Langley, who said it would cover all damages, attorney fees and other costs.
Brown’s attorney, Mark Thomsen, appeared “irked” at the initial offer in May and said after the council vote it was unlikely the settlement would be agreed to as-is, per the Journal Sentinel.
“I fully anticipate that any settlement that doesn’t include an admission that they violated Mr. Brown’s civil rights will go nowhere. We can’t heal the city without that.”
The city gave Brown 14 days to accept or deny the offer, per Madison.com.
Brown case could go to court
Brown’s attorney’s displeasure at the initial word of a settlement number and his statement about an admission indicates the case could go to court.
Thomsen said earlier this year officers have admitted to violating Brown’s civil rights in depositions for the lawsuit. Police body camera show officers were confrontational with Brown from the very beginning.
Brown was arrested Jan. 26, 2018, outside a Milwaukee Walgreens where he was illegally parked across two handicap spots. Officers took Brown down, used a Taser on him for not immediately taking his hands out of his pockets and called at least five additional cars for backup.
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