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Milwaukee man who was beaten files claim against city, seeking $30 million

The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE- A man beaten outside a party attended by off-duty police officers filed notice Monday that he would be suing the city for $30 million.

Frank Jude Jr., who is biracial, said he was beaten in 2004 by a group of white men who identified themselves as off-duty police officers.

A jury in April acquitted three men of most of the charges after defense lawyers argued that key witnesses were unreliable. Prosecutors said they planned to retry one after the jury failed to reach a verdict on a charge against him. U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic is also investigating whether to file federal charges. All three men were fired.

Jude, 27, is seeking $25 million for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. His wife is also asking for $5 million for damages including loss of companionship and earnings of her husband.

The notice claim filed Monday is the first step in filing a civil lawsuit against the city.

City Attorney Grant Langley did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

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