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Atlanta Hawks star Thabo Sefolosha won a $4 Million dollar lawsuit against NYC for Police Brutality incident which was caught on camera

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Apr 06 2017
 

Atlanta Hawks fans will recall forward Thabo Sefolosha getting in trouble with the law, in what amounted to a controversial encounter with police, when back in April of 2015 his leg was broken during an arrest. The police brutality lawsuit Sefolosha filed following the incident has been ruled in the NBA star’s favor it was announced on Wednesday, April 5.

Sefolosha was confronted by police after leaving 1OAK nightclub in New York City, moments after an early morning altercation resulted in the stabbing of former New York Knick Chris Copeland at the establishment. According to the lawsuit, officer Jean-Paul Giacona “abused his authority.” Sefolosha had reportedly referred to the officer as a midget, which angered him and led to the arrest. Sefolosha was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and obstruction of government administration; charges which the 32-year-old baller would beat six months later.

“This settlement is not a concession that Mr. Sefolosha was blameless in this matter and there was no admission of liability by the defendants,” the city Law Department said in a statement on the settlement, “but in light of the gravity of his injuries, the potential impact on his career as a professional athlete and the challenge for a jury in sorting out the facts in this incident, the resolution of the case was in the best interests of the City.”

The city has agreed to pay Sefolosha $4 million.

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