MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he will approve a payment of $2 million to Frank Jude – the man who was brutally beaten by a dozen police officers in 2004.
The Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make the payment.
It settles a federal lawsuit Jude filed in 2006, in which he sought $30 million. He was at an officer’s house warming party when the host accused Jude of stealing his police badge.
The off-duty officers then kicked and beat Jude outside the home.
A jury acquitted three of the officers in state court, but 7 officers were later convicted in federal court of violating Jude’s civil rights.
Former Milwaukee Police Chief Nan Hegerty fired a total of 9 officers. She suspended 3 others and demoted one. And the police department later changed its hiring and training practices.
Barrett said Milwaukee has taken a long time to recover from the incident, and it’s important to bring it to a close.
The city will borrow the $2 million to pay Jude. Unlike many other cities, Milwaukee is self-insured – which means that settlements come from the city treasury instead of a private insurance carrier