Tearman Spencer
Press Release

Tearman Spencer Statement on $1.67 Million Payout for Police Stop

Jury awards victim due to excessive force, false arrest

By - Mar 6th, 2020 10:43 am

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.”

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One thought on “Tearman Spencer Statement on $1.67 Million Payout for Police Stop”

  1. Mark Nicolini says:

    I’m left with the question, what specifically would Mr. Spencer have done differently?

    I question whether it’s good legal strategy to signal to future plaintiffs a readiness to settle high profile cases out of Court. The legal strategy needs to be tailored to the circumstances of each case.

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