Milwaukee Police Release Disturbing Footage of Bucks Rookie Sterling Brown’s Arrest (VIDEO)
Mayor Tom Barrett expressed concerns earlier this week with what he saw during the arrest of Sterling Brown. Even Assistant Police Chief Michael Brunson was worried about the release of the video, stating the following:
“There’s going to be a video that’s going to come out soon, in the next couple of weeks, involving the department,” said Brunson, according to CNN affiliate WITI. “And I’m going to be honest with you, we’re going to need your support during the challenges.”
Their concerns were clear after the Milwaukee police held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to release the footage from a police body camera showing Bucks guard Sterling Brown getting tased during a police stop over a parking violation.
Brown was arrested on January 26th in a Walgreens parking lot after police noticed a vehicle that had occupied two handicapped parking spaces.
The Milwaukee police department issued a statement Wednesday that said the following:
“On January 26, 2018 at approximately 2:00 a.m., members of the Milwaukee Police department encountered Sterling Brown near the 2700 block of W. National Ave. regarding a parking violation. During the encounter, Mr. Brown was decentralized, tased and arrested. The Department conducted an investigation into the incident which revealed members acted inappropriately and those members were recently disciplined. Criminal charges against Mr. Brown were not pursued. I am sorry this incident escalated to this level. Today we are releasing body camera video capturing the interaction. The Milwaukee Police Department’s Open Records Division is still working to fulfill all requests for this video. When I took office, I vowed to rebuild the trust between the Milwaukee Police Department and the community. We are doing that. I promised that when the Department is involved in events of this nature, we will be honest about them. We are. I also promised to change the direction of the Department and through meetings with intergovernmental partners, community-based and faith organizations, and system partners we have begun that process. The men and women of the Milwaukee Police Department are dedicated to protecting and serving the citizens of Milwaukee. We have hundreds of interactions with citizens each day, and those contacts end positively. Therefore, we ask residents to work with us in our shared vision of making Milwaukee a safe place to live, work and raise a family.”
Here’s the body cam footage everyone is talking about:
The Milwaukee Bucks released a statement shortly after the video surfaced:
— Suzanne Spencer (@suzspencertv) May 23, 2018
The Bucks guard plans to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city.
— SB (@thatnegus_sb) May 23, 2018