Milwaukee Police Release Sterling Brown Arrest Video And Apologize For His Treatment

Angelica Greene
May 25, 2018

Chief Alfonso Morales said disciplinary action had been taken against the officers involved in the January arrest of Sterling Brown, who plays for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.

The video was kept under wraps for months, but it had to be released due to the Open Records Act.

The video released Wednesday shows Brown being confronted by an officer for parking his vehicle across two handicap spaces in a pharmacy lot.

Milwaukee police said Wednesday there are other versions of body-cam footage that were captured the night of Brown's arrest.

"What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and tased and then unlawfully booked", Brown said.

In a joint statement, the aldermen said they've introduced a file "to discuss and evaluate the current police policy and training as it relates to de-escalation, along with implicit and cultural bias".

Brown says he has no problem with the officer's questions and the officer responds that he touched him "because you got up in my face". Sound off in the comment box below!

Mr Brown faced no criminal charges from the arrest and was issued with a parking citation.

"On social media, the reaction to the video was fierce, with Sterling Brown's name quickly trending on Twitter and several teammates posting a photo on various platforms that said simply: "#STANDWITHSTERLING".

"We're calling on the police department to share this information that many of you have been asking for about the discipline", Milwaukee Council President Ashanti Hamilton said at a press conference.

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"My experience in January with the Milwaukee Police Department was wrong and shouldn't happen to anybody", Brown wrote. "It shouldn't require an incident involving a professional athlete to draw attention to the fact that vulnerable people in our communities have experienced similar, and even worse, treatment". Shortly after, Brown is on the ground and a cop yells, "Taser!"

"There needs to be more accountability", the team statement went on to say.

Players across the National Basketball Association came out in support of Brown, using the hashtag, #StandwithSterling.

Milwaukee police had been braced for a backlash over the footage, after Mayor Tom Barrett said earlier this week that he had found it concerning.

Lucas was also a Milwaukee police officer from 1976 until 2002.

On Thursday, 11 of the 15 Common Council members said the incident "is yet another example of the opportunity and need for a paradigm shift in how police engage in the community". "So if there is ever an incident where one of our members makes a mistake, unnecessarily escalating a situation, I am going to be honest and transparent about it".

"Situations like mine and worse happen every day in the black community", Brown said, invoking the names of Dontre Hamilton of Milwaukee, Laquan McDonald of Chicago, Stephon Clark of Sacramento and Eric Garner of NY - all black men killed by police officers in their towns.

Brown was drafted by the 76ers in the second round out of SMU last summer and traded to the Bucks.

The 22-year-old guard averaged four points and 2.6 rebounds per game this season for the Bucks.

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