Milwaukee Police Release Video Of Sterling Brown’s ‘Unlawful’ Arrest

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Screenshot of body-cam footage showing the Milwaukee Police tasing and arresting Sterling Brown in January. | Screenshot 

The Milwaukee Police Department has released video footage of the Jan. 26 arrest of Maywood native, Proviso East graduate and Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown.

There was significant buildup to Wednesday’s release of the footage, with even Milwaukee’s mayor, Tom Barrett, calling the video “disturbing” and “disconcerting,” according to a report by SBNation.

The footage shows police approaching Brown as he leaves a Milwaukee Walgreen’s at around 2 a.m. on Jan. 26. The footage shows an officer forcefully questioning Brown.

“Hi you doing? You got a driver’s license?”

Brown’s response is largely inaudible until the officer pushes brown while aggressively telling the player to “back up.”

“Don’t touch me,” Brown says. “Don’t touch me.”

The officer then chides Brown for parking across multiple handicap spaces and asks to see his ID. Some minutes later, at least four other officers arrive and question Brown, who stands in the same spot before the officers taser him.

According to a CBS News report: “Officers had been checking on a vehicle parked across two handicap spaces. Brown was not charged.

“Officers initially claimed Brown threatened them while they were writing him a ticket. At no point in the video does Brown appear to be threatening or violent to the officers before he was tased and arrested.”

According to a USA Today report, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said in a prepared statement that the “department conducted an investigation into the incident which revealed members acted inappropriately, and those members were recently disciplined.”

On May 22, Brown’s attorney announced that his client is planning to file a civil lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department.

The Milwaukee Police Department’s body-cam video showing the arrest of Sterling Brown. | Milwaukee Police Department 

On May 23, the Milwaukee Bucks posted a statement that Brown drafted to their website. Brown’s full statement can be read below or by clicking here.

Statement From Sterling Brown

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. VFP

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3 thoughts on “Milwaukee Police Release Video Of Sterling Brown’s ‘Unlawful’ Arrest

  1. I can remember when this first came out, and the hometown people was not in support of Mr. Brown. But since the tape was shown and the chief and Mayor of Milwaukee spoke against the officers, now it’s a problem for the city. I can truly say the chief and mayor has done the right thing and not build a culture of corrupt cops, like other communities who support bad officers actions.

  2. Yes, I must agree when the village or city has bad cops who has been proven to be corrupt through lawsuits settlements. The people loose confidence in the cops who suppose to up hold the law, which turns the residence against the village officials. The Milwaukee Mayor and police Chief address the residence and apologize for these officers behaviour so a riot will not abrupt, but these officers needed to be more than discipline. Once the officers was caught lying on their paperwork more serious charges needed to develope, because the officers attempted to cover up the wrongdoing of other officers. The city loose money from these officers lawsuits and the residence have to pay the cost by property taxes increase. The city gets a bad reputation and the officers creditability become questionable for future encounters.

  3. i disagree the chief and mayor once it was determined that this is an NBA player they had trouble on their hands so they threw all of them under the bus before it ran over them………please sue them the whole for all others who couldnt

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