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Milwaukee Mayor Barrett to approve $2M payout to Frank Jude

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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