Scales brothers get $50,000 settlement from City of Greensboro following apology last year

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Two brothers who claim they were falsely arrested in 2014 received a $50,000 settlement Monday.

Devin and Rufus Scales were arrested on Aug. 4, 2014. Devin recorded part of the arrest, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Court documents show Officer T.B. Cole arrested both brothers and accused them of “standing or sitting upon the highway or street in such a way to impede the flow of traffic.”

Rufus was also charged with for allegedly being intoxicated and disruptive as well as resisting a public officer. The charges were dismissed in 2015 and the city issued an apology.

As part of an agreement, the Scales brothers were awarded a $50,000 settlement.

Rufus said there was still work to be done fighting for transparency and unbiased policing.

"The fight for justice and equality is still very real. It’s something we’re going to fight for continuously." Devin added, "[That fight] it’s not gonna stop. Why? Because it’s been going on far too long and there’s still other people out there in the community who maybe just haven't spoken up yet."

Greensboro City Attorney Tom Carruthers said in a separate media address, "Over the last year and a half, you’ve heard very strident views from some in the community about what occurred. We do not accept that and have always denied it and still deny it today."

But, Carruthers said, the law suggests compromise. He applauded both sides of the ordeal. "I consider a compromise a victory. Others do not."

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