How much money will the Hawks forward receive?
New York City has agreed to pay $4 million to Thabo Sefolosha, a forward with the N.B.A.’s Atlanta Hawks, to settle a federal lawsuit in which he accused five police officers of false arrest and using excessive force during an encounter outside a Manhattan nightclub, the city’s Law Department said on Wednesday.
The police officers and the city did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, Nick Paolucci, a Law Department spokesman, said in a statement.
This is, sadly, too often how it works. Police brutalize citizens then settle costly lawsuits – with money from taxpayers – while not admitting wrongdoing, allowing the same conditions that see the brutality to persist.