Milwaukee police apologize for arrest, tasing of National Basketball Association player

Bucks Player Plans to Sue Police Following Release of Tazing Video

Bucks Player Plans to Sue Police Following Release of Tazing Video

Brown had parked illegally across some handicapped spots at 2 the morning and after he leaves the store, he's met by a police officer at the driver's side door of Brown's auto.

Brown, 22 at the time, was ultimately not charged. Brown answers that and other questions.

Brown continues to speak with several officers as the dialogue becomes muted, with the initial officer wearing a camera slowly walking around Brown's auto.

Brown's demeanor in the video appears to contradict the narrative in the police report which says Brown was "very aggressive" and "physically resisted" the officers' attempts to handcuff him.

"On social media, the reaction to the video was fierce, with Sterling Brown's name quickly trending on Twitter and several teammates posting a photo on various platforms that said simply: "#STANDWITHSTERLING".

On Thursday, 11 of the 15 Common Council members said the incident "is yet another example of the opportunity and need for a paradigm shift in how police engage in the community".

Last year, Milwaukee paid $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit over the death of Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man fatally shot by a police officer after the officer roused him from a park bench downtown.

"There must be mutual respect, and both sides have to figure out how to accomplish this", Brown continued. At a news conference Monday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett warned that it is "disturbing".

The video was kept under wraps for months, but it had to be released due to the Open Records Act. The officers who approached Brown have been disciplined and are still employed by the force despite the jarring video that was recently released.

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"In those instances where we have made mistakes and are wrong, I'm sorry", Morales added.

Eventually, the situation calmed down and Brown could be seen talking to one of the officers, debating over who initiated the incident.

At around 2 a.m. on January 26, authorities were conducting a check after noticing Brown's vehicle parked across two handicap spots in a Walgreens parking lot. The basketball player tells officers that he needs to empty items out of his hands, first. Without warning, all three officers grabbed Brown and threw him on the ground. The video shows Brown being tased, arrested and subsequently taken to jail - all of which transpired following the discovery of a parking violation.

Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters the officers "acted inappropriately" toward Brown after he was confronted for parking across multiple bays.

The officer said he tried to help his colleagues "because Brown continued to resist being handcuffed". Shortly after, Brown is on the ground and a cop yells, "Taser!"

Fred Royal, the president of the NAACP in Milwaukee, said he "didn't see anything that would warrant" a stun gun being used on Brown. He was booked, issued a parking ticket and released from the Milwaukee County Jail, WISN reported.

Attorney: Bucks' Sterling Brown to sue Milwaukee Police Department (read here): ESPN also detailed the situation involving Brown, including discussion among former pros Paul Pierce and Stephen Jackson on Tuesday's edition of The Jump.

The relationship between the Milwaukee Police Department and the communities it serves - especially minority communities - has often been strained.

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