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MILWAUKEE — The body camera video involving the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Sterling Brown was released by the Milwaukee Police Department on Wednesday, May 23. The video shows a tense situation that escalated quickly. MPD Chief Alfonso Morales apologized for what it shows, as Sterling Brown said he will be taking legal action.
In the video, a parking violation leads to a contentious confrontation between Brown and the police.
The article goes on to state the following:
Sources said officers were writing a parking ticket for Brown when Brown confronted them and became combative. He was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest. At least six police squads showed up to the store during this incident, which was captured by surveillance cameras at a nearby business.
“I told you to back up,” an officer says in the body camera video as he confronts Brown.
“You’re trying to get in the car,” an officer says.
“I do what I want. I own this right here,” said Brown.
The situation quickly escalated.
“Take your hands out of your pockets now,” an officer says in the video.
“I got stuff in my hands,” said Brown.
Brown was taken to the ground, and a taser was used. Brown can be heard groaning in the video.
The officer later tried explaining why he did what he did.
“If the guy hadn’t been such a (expletive) it would’ve been — ‘hey, have a nice day,’ you know? But then I thought, ‘he’s being an (expletive). He’s trying to hide something,'” the officer said.
According to Chief Morales, the situation could have been handled better.
“I’m sorry this incident escalated to this level,” he read from a statement during a news conference. “Our department conducted an investigation into the incident, which revealed members acted inappropriately and those members were recently disciplined.”
Brown has vowed to sue the department over the incident.
Milwaukee Police Department statement:
“On January 26, 2018, at approximately 2 a.m., members of the Milwaukee Police Department encountered Sterling Brown near the 2700 block of W. National Avenue 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 request for this video.
When I took office, I vowed to rebuild trust between the MPD 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 organization, and system partners we have begun that process.
The men and women of the MPD 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.”
Sterling Brown statement:
“My experience in January with the Milwaukee Police Department was wrong and shouldn’t happen to anybody. What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and tased, and then unlawfully booked. This experience with the Milwaukee Police Department has forced me to stand up and tell my story so that I can help prevent these injustices from happening in the future.Situations like mine and worse happen every day in the black community. Being a voice and a face for people who won’t be heard and don’t have the same platform as I have is a responsibility I take seriously. I am speaking for Dontre Hamilton of Milwaukee, Laquan McDonald of Chicago, Stephon Clark of Sacramento, Eric Garner of New York, and the list goes on. These people aren’t able to speak anymore because of unjust actions by those who are supposed to “serve and protect” the people.
The common denominator in all of these situations has been racism towards the minority community, the abuse of power, and the lack of accountability for officers involved. The lack of repercussions for the police officers involved in so many of these cases is offensive. This is a slap in the face to the victims’ families and communities.
Black men shouldn’t have to have their guard up and instantly be on the defensive when seeing a police officer, but it’s our reality and a real problem. There must be mutual respect and both sides have to figure out how to accomplish this.
There are no easy solutions to this problem, but there are strides that can be made to create change. I will do my part in helping to prevent similar incidents from happening to the minority community in the future.
This is bigger than me. My family, friends, legal team, Priority Sports, Milwaukee Bucks, the black community and the communities of all who stand against injustice plan to continue the fight. Peaceful support to ensure no further damage to our community is the only way to respond. I know many of you will share my anger and frustration, but for our community to progress and grow, we need to build on what we already have and not destroy it. I will take legal action against the Milwaukee Police Department to continue forcing change in our community.”
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