(CNN) A Black man who spent six days in jail after police misidentified him for a 49-year-old White man with an outstanding felony charge, has won a $90,000 settlement from Las Vegas-area law enforcement agencies.
Shane Lee Brown filed a federal lawsuit in January 2022 for at least $500,000 in damages but will be awarded $25,000 from the Henderson Police Department and $65,000 from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said in a statement to CNN.
Brown's attorney, E. Brent Bryson, told CNN affiliate KVVU that Nevada has a statutory cap of $100,000 when suing a government entity.
Shane Brown during an interview with CNN affiliate KVVU.
In a statement to CNN, the Henderson Police department said, "Shane Brown was driving an unregistered vehicle with a suspended driver license and had a warrant for contempt of court, failure to pay.
Brown, who was 23 at the time, was stopped in January 2020 for driving without his headlights on.
At the time, Brown had a warrant for contempt of court for failure to pay. »