Tearman Spencer Statement on $1.67 Million Payout for Police Stop
Jury awards victim due to excessive force, false arrest
MILWAUKEE – Tearman Spencer, candidate for Milwaukee City Attorney, today issued the following statement following a verdict awarding a victim of excessive force more than $1.67 million:
“For nearly four decades we have had the same leadership in the City Attorney’s Office. Our City Attorney, Grant Langley, says he’s “competent” and the city needs to re-elect him. However, we’ve seen yet again his failure at doing his job, being proactive, and being a part of our communities.
“When a jury awards a victim more than $1.67 million due to police misconduct, we can look at the behavior of those involved and rightfully so. But a more serious issue is the lack of action taken by the City Attorney. This is another case of multi-million dollar payouts because the City Attorney is ineffective and waits for cases to reach a jury.
“This is another case of millions of taxpayer dollars being doled out on Grant Langley’s watch. It’s time for a new chapter in City Hall, and it starts with a new City Attorney. We must put an end to the status quo and usher in a new era of transparency, accountability, and being proactive so we can begin to build the city we deserve. Change must come.
“Change is inevitable and change can’t wait.”
Recent Press Releases by Tearman Spencer
"It’s unfortunate that the City Attorney has been ineffective in his representation of the city, escalating the fight with the plaintiff rather than bringing the matter to a close."
"The City Attorney has a tremendous ability to affect city policy, and it’s time for new leadership that will bring public accountability to the office."
"I’m ready to put my experience to work for my fellow residents of the City of Milwaukee."