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Deposition: Officers admit violating Sterling Brown’s civil rights in taser takedown

Multiple Milwaukee police officers admitted under oath Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown’s constitutional rights were violated when officers shocked him with a Taser and detained him in January 2018, according to portions of depositions revealed in federal court records.

The newly filed document by Brown’s attorneys seeks to strike a $400,000 settlement offer by the city, claiming it was not made in good faith.

The offer “is no sincere offer at all – it’s simply a litigation tactic designed to threaten to shift the costs of litigation onto the plaintiff without ever truly exposing the Defendant to the risk that a judgment would be entered, thereby concealing the truth from the public. This conduct is at odds with our rules of procedure,” Brown’s attorney’s wrote.

When the settlement offer was first approved by the Milwaukee Common Council, Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen called the offer insufficient because it did not include an admission of guilt.

Portions of the depositions included in the filing show at least two officers Erik Andrade, who has since been fired from the department, and Officer James Collins admitted Brown’s civil rights were violated:

Question: Based on the training that you received, you would agree with me that because (Mr. Brown) wasn’t allowed to leave, his constitutional rights were violated, correct?

Answer: (Andrade) Yes.

Question: Do you agree based on the training that you received that because Mr. Brown was not allowed to leave, his constitutional rights were violated?

Answer: (Collins) Knowing that it was just a parking citation, yes.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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