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WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee being sued for defaming police officer in ATM story

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee television station and its parent company has been sued by a Milwaukee police officer.

The lawsuit, filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, accuses WTMJ-TV and Journal Broadcast Group Inc. of professionally defaming Officer Matthew Knight.

The suit stems from a May 6 story, showing video of Knight and another man at an ATM getting cash.

The lawsuit says Knight responded to a broken-out taxi cab window, where the driver would not press charges if the suspect paid $300 to the driver for the broken window.  Knight oversaw the suspect's withdraw of cash and took it to the taxi driver. 

Even though Knight was cleared of any wrongdoing for the February 16 incident, the station aired the video with the promotion “It’s the video that will have everybody talking”.

The suit was filed on Tuesday.