Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha settles lawsuit with NYPD for $4M

by Angela Davis/@jerseygirlsport Right is right and wrong is wrong. For former Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Safolosha his day in court was victorious, and he won his lawsuit against five NYPD officers. He accused them of excessive force, false arrest, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment. The New York City Law Department (NYCLD) made his statement:
This settlement is not a concession that Mr. Sefolosha was blameless in this matter and there was no admission of liability by the defendants, 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 NYCLD said in a statement, according to multiple media outlets.
Best interest of the city? Nah, don't try it. The settlement seems to be in the best interests of the police officers. They charged Sefolosha of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest--charges for which he was later acquitted. They tried to offer him a plead deal that would have gotten him only one day of community service, but he turned that down, opting for a trial and the chance to tell his truth and clear his name. Sefolosha suffered a broken fibula and ligament damage during his arrest, and he missed the remainder of the 2015 regular season and the Hawks' playoff run to the conference finals. Given the immense amount of pressure of police departments around the country, and the microscope under which they are now seen, the bad behavior by a few police officers will no longer go unnoticed. We have a long way to go with the issues of police brutality in the United States, and I'm glad justice was served. I think both parties probably behaved badly on the night in question. Fame or money is not a free pass for bad behavior. Neither is a badge.  

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