City Attorney Shifts Blame to Sterling Brown
"The comments from City Attorney Langley are troubling."
(MADISON)–Late Friday evening a court document was filed by the Milwaukee City Attorney Grant Langley that claimed Milwaukee Bucks guard, Sterling Brown, was responsible for any injuries he sustained during his arrest in January, an incident that has received widespread criticism for the excessive use of police forced exercised by the Milwaukee Police Department.
The claim filed by Langley, whose career as an attorney for the City of Milwaukee dates back to the days of Milwaukee Chief of Police Harold Breier, read: “The injuries and damages sustained by the plaintiff, if any, were caused in whole or in part by their own acts or omissions.”
In response to Langley’s decision to fault Sterling Brown for the incident, an event that’s been condemned on a national level by media outlets and athletes alike, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:
“The singing of “Money, money, money” by one officer’s glee at the prospect of overtime pay during the incident is a problem. The questionable number of officers that responded, for one unarmed and non-combative individual is a problem. The idea that suspensions were handed out by the Police Department, and an apology was issued from the Mayor, but our City Attorney still believes Brown brought it on himself, is a problem. The attitude of always blaming the victim is a problem.”
“You’d think after paying out civil lawsuits in the millions, like $2.3 million to the family of Dontre Hamilton, or cases like that of Derek Williams, who died after begging for help in the back of a squad car, while officers stood around and ignored him, that has been given the green light to move forward in a civil lawsuit, we’d had learned something. But no apology or justice for those families were offered, that’s why they have ended up in civil litigation. All of this is a problem.”
More about the Sterling Brown Incident
- City Attorney Shifts Blame to Sterling Brown - State Sen. Lena Taylor - Aug 29th, 2018
- Joint Statement on the Sterling Brown case - Milwaukee Common Council - Aug 29th, 2018
- Op Ed: Jim Crow and Urban America - Dr. Robert S. Smith - Jun 25th, 2018
- Brown Files Suit Against Milwaukee Police - Ximena Conde - Jun 19th, 2018
- Chief Won’t Name Cops Who Tased Brown - Ximena Conde - May 25th, 2018
- Sterling Brown incident authenticates predictions from years past - Ald. Tony Zielinski - May 25th, 2018
- Mahlon Mitchell Statement on the Release of Body Cam Footage Involving Sterling Brown - Mahlon Mitchell - May 24th, 2018
- Supervisor Moore Omokunde Statement on Sterling Brown Video - Sup. Supreme Moore Omokunde - May 24th, 2018
- City Hall: Police Reform Needed, Say Council Members - Jeramey Jannene - May 24th, 2018
- Rep. Bowen: Statement on release of bodycam footage of Sterling Brown - State Rep. David Bowen - May 24th, 2018
- Sterling Brown case leaves us with many unanswered questions - Ald. Bob Donovan - May 24th, 2018
- Supervisor Nicholson Statement on Sterling Brown Incident - Sup. Marcelia Nicholson - May 24th, 2018
- Gov. Scott Walker Quick to Weigh in on NFL Player Protests, Silent on Release of Footage Showing Authorities Assaulting Milwaukee Buck Sterling Brown - One Wisconsin Now - May 24th, 2018
- Murphy’s Law: Police Video Gets National Attention - Bruce Murphy - May 24th, 2018
- Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) calls for accountability for officers involved in the Sterling Brown video - Black Leaders Organizing for Communities - May 23rd, 2018
- Bucks Organization Statement on Sterling Brown - Milwaukee Bucks - May 23rd, 2018
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