Yesterday, Thabo Sefolosha settled his case against the NYPD for $4 million (see ESPN coverage here) for false arrest, excessive force, malicious prosecution, and false imprisonment (see our previous post here). The complaint had stemmed from an incident outside a Manhattan nightclub in April 2015, where Sefolosha alleged that NYPD officers beat him and broke his leg without justification. Sefolosha alleged that the NYPD orchestrated a malicious prosecution against him in an attempt to cover up wrongdoing after they realized he was a well-known basketball player. Sefolosha was later acquitted by a Manhattan jury.
According to an order by Judge Furman, the settlement came after a conference presided over by the judge with a settlement figure that Judge Furman had suggested.