Thabo Sefolosha plans to file civil suit against NYPD over altercation

Sefolosha plans to file civil suit against NYPD (1:08)

Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha sits down with Hannah Storm to explain why he has decided to file a civil suit against the NYPD over an altercation that left him with a broken leg. (1:08)

Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha said he will file a civil suit against the city of New York, the NYPD and the officers involved in the April 8 incident that left him with a broken leg.

In an interview Monday with ESPN's Hannah Storm, Sefolosha said he hasn't fully healed from the injuries, which also included severe ligament damage.

Sefolosha said he elected to file suit both for himself and to embolden others who might have gone through similar situations to stand up.

"There's a lot of unknown about how this will affect me two years from now, five years from now, 10 years from now," Sefolosha said. "Also because I think it's the right approach to put lights in a situation like this and to ... fight back in a legal way and in a way that can empower, hopefully, more people."

Sefolosha had previously filed a notice of claim to preserve his option to file a lawsuit. On Wednesday, sources confirmed to ESPN a New York Post report that the amount of the claim is $50 million, the maximum Sefolosha could see in any potential verdict.

On Oct. 9, he was acquitted of misdemeanor charges of obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The Hawks open their 2015-16 season against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. They will be back in New York for a game Thursday against the Knicks.

Information from ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz contributed to this report.