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

Faith Castro
May 25, 2018

The city of Milwaukee braced itself for vast backlash after a body cam video released Wednesday showed National Basketball Association rookie Sterling Brown get violently tackled to the ground and Tased by multiple officers over a minor parking violation. He went on to say, "Black men shouldn't have to have their guard up and instantly be on the defensive when seeing a police officer, but it's a reality and a real problem".

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in a statement that he disapproves of what he saw in the "disturbing" video, as he held a press conference on Wednesday evening after the incident.

In an official statement, Morales said that officers had "acted inappropriately and those members were recently disciplined for their actions".

"I am sorry this incident escalated to this level", the police chief added.

The 30-minute video that was made public Wednesday showed several officers forcefully restraining Brown and using a Taser on him after confronting him for a parking violation.

The incident occurred January 26, 2018, when Brown drew police attention by parking across two handicapped spaces outside a Walgreens about 2 a.m.

Sgts. Jeffrey Krueger and Sean Mahnke were suspended for 10 and 15 days, though it wasn't clear which supervisor received the longer suspension.

Brown, 23, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, was arrested in the early hours of January 26 after parking across two disabled spots outside a Walgreens store.

"And now he's like, 'I'm a Bucks player, blah, blah, blah".

According to the Milwaukee Police Department's annual use-of-force analysis, Taser usage spiked in 2016.

"I mean, I get mad every time I watch it, you know, 'cause I was defenseless, pretty much", Brown, a Maywood native and Proviso East alumnus, told Roberts for a segment airing Friday on "Good Morning America".

Sterling Brown in the first half of an NBA basketball game
David Zalubowski AP FILEMilwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown in the first half of an NBA basketball game

Kleefisch says the police reaction was "inappropriate. particularly if someone was non-confrontational".

The incident occurred in the early morning of January 26, when a policeman arrested Brown, 23, for parking his vehicle in a space designated for the disabled in the parking lot of a local pharmacy, CNN reported.

The officer said he shot Hamilton 14 times in self-defence because they got into a struggle when the officer frisked him for weapons.

Today we are releasing body camera video capturing the interaction.

Nearly immediately a scuffle ensues, with the officers swarming over Brown and one yelling "Taser, Taser, Taser!"

"Abuse and intimidation that Sterling experienced at the hands of Milwaukee Police was shameful and inexcusable", the organization stated. Sterling has our full support as he shares his story and takes action to provide accountability. Meanwhile, community groups in Milwaukee are weighing in, too - criticizing police for how they handled Brown.

"Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated case".

"During the encounter, Mr Brown was decentralised, tased and arrested", Morales said.

"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", the statement read.

That's when the situation became more tense, with police using force on Brown and using profane and racist language. "We are doing that", he said.

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