Police officers who tasered Sterling Brown ‘disciplined’ after body cam footage released
The body cam footage of the January incident was released on Wednesday.
Back in January, Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown, was assaulted and arrested by police over an alleged parking violation and now body cam footage has revealed foul play on the part of the police.
Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales issued a statement on Wednesday explaining that the officers involved have been “disciplined.”
“During the encounter, Mr. Brown was decentralized, tased and arrested,” Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales said in a statement, according to the Washington Post‘s Cindy Boren. “The department conducted an investigation which revealed members acted inappropriately, and those members were recently disciplined.”
Check out the disturbing body cam footage:
Sterling Brown issued a statement of his own in response to the news.
“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,” Brown wrote in a statement Wednesday. .
“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.”
The Bucks issued a statement of support for Sterling Brown and condemned the officers’ actions.
“The abuse and intimidation that Sterling experienced at the hands of Milwaukee Police was shameful and inexcusable. Sterling has our full support as he shares his story and takes action to provide accountability,” the organization said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated case. 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. We are grateful for the service of many good police officers that courageously protect us, our fans and our city, but racial biases and abuses of power must not be ignored.”
They team also showed their support for Sterling on social media.