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New York City settles police misconduct lawsuit

There is no doubt that police officers in New York and other areas of the country have a difficult job. As part of their daily activities, they are tasked with preventing crime and apprehending suspected criminals. Most officers are dedicated to their jobs, but some may fail to follow proper procedures during times of stress and chaos, resulting in injuries to a suspect or unsupported charges. For example, the city of New York has recently settled a lawsuit filed by basketball player Thabo Sefolosha, alleging police misconduct.

The lawsuit involved an incident that happened in April 2015. According to reports, Sefolosha and his then-teammate Pero Antic were at a nightclub. Another patron, basketball player Chris Copeland, was stabbed after he exited the club.

Police officers arrived at the scene, and Sefolosha claims that officers were directing people to leave. According to the lawsuit, a police officer provoked Sefolosha, prompting him to refer to the officer as a "midget." Sefolosha was then arrested, and, in the process, broke his leg -- an injury that he claims could have ended his career. The city has recently opted to settle the lawsuit for $4 million, admitting no liability and claiming the settlement does not mean Sefolosha was without blame in the incident. A lawsuit filed by Antic is ongoing.

Unfortunately, police misconduct can have a significant impact on a person's life. In this case, an injury could have derailed the victim's career. To help hold police officers accountable for their actions and protect others from similar treatment, victims of such acts in New York have the option of seeking a monetary award in a civil court.

Source: New York Daily News, "NYC settles police brutality lawsuit of Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha for $4M", Victoria Bekiempis, April 5, 2017

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