Man, if I was black, I’d never leave the house. This is horrifying:
Milwaukee police released body-camera video Wednesday evening of the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown, a video the city’s mayor had warned was “disconcerting” and “disturbing” as it prepared for a possible backlash. And, in a brief news conference just before the video was released, the police chief said the officers involved had been disciplined.
Brown, 23, was tased during a routine parking violation in January and reportedly plans to file a civil rights lawsuit over the episode, which has been the subject of an internal investigation by the Milwaukee Police Department. Mayor Tom Barrett had promised earlier in the week to “let the release” of the video “speak for itself.”
“During the encounter, Mr. Brown was decentralized, tased and arrested,” police chief Alfonso Morales said, reading from a prepared statement. “The department conducted an investigation which revealed members acted inappropriately and those members were recently disciplined.”
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was arrested around 2 a.m. on Jan. 26, when an officer doing a business check at a Walgreens spotted a vehicle parked across two parking spots reserved for disabled drivers, Milwaukee police Sgt. Timothy Gauerke told the Journal Sentinel. Brown was initially arrested on a possible misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer, but police officials did not refer the case to prosecutors after an internal review that included viewing the body camera footage. A police spokesman told the Journal Sentinel at the time that Brown, then 22, had been cited for a parking violation. Speaking with reporters before the Bucks’ game later that day, Brown’s face appeared bruised and scratched, according to the paper, with Brown calling it “a personal issue.”