Milwaukee Bucks Guard Sterling Brown has earned a $750,000 settlement from the city of Milwaukee.
Brown's settlement is tied to a police encounter in June 2018. The Milwaukee Bucks guard said that police officers racially profiled him outside of a Walgreens. During the encounter, officers issued him a parking citation. When officers asked him to remove his hands from his pockets, Brown was hit with a stun gun. Officers were later caught on camera stepping on his ankles as they joked about a potential civil rights complaint.
Initially, Brown turned down an offer from $400,000 from the city. Throughout his legal battle, the NBA guard has not sought financial gain. Instead, he was searching for an apology or an admission of wrongdoing from the Milwaukee Police Department.
"I've got plenty of people going through the same thing in Chicago and back at home," Brown said.
"So I know it's happening in Milwaukee, so I'm pretty much being that voice for those who don't have the platform that I have to make this national news."
Brown is not stopping his work with this settlement. Moving forward, he will join the NBA's Social Justice Coalition Board. He will serve alongside fellow players like Carmelo Anthony, Avery Bradley, Donovan Mitchell and Karl-Anthony Towns. Doc Rivers, Lloyd Pierce, Micky Arison, Steve Ballmer, Clay Bennett, Marc Lasry and Vivek Randadive will also join the board.
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