Thabo Sefolosha will get $4 million in NYPD lawsuit

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Thabo Sefolosha settled his lawsuit with New York City.

How much money will the Hawks forward receive?

James C. McKinley Jr. of The New York Times:

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.