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Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha sues five officers for April 2015 incident

Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha is suing five New York police officers over his April 2015 arrest.

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Atlanta Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha filed a civil suit Wednesday against five New York City police officers over an April 2015 arrest that left him with a broken leg.

ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz reported the details of the lawsuit.

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On April 8, 2015, Sefolosha was outside a Manhattan nightclub with teammate Pero Antic when officers claimed the two were interfering with a crime scene. Police arrested Sefolosha, who sustained a broken fibula while being handcuffed.

Sefolosha missed the rest of the regular season and the 2015 playoffs with the injury. A jury acquitted Sefolosha of all charges in October.

The lawsuit accuses the five arresting officers and the city of false arrest, excessive force, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment. Sefolosha filed a notice of claim last year setting $50 million as his ceiling for damages.

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Antic has also filed a lawsuit against the officers and the city.

Sefolosha is averaging 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Hawks so far this season.