The Milwaukee Police Department has released body camera footage from the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown.
The video shows officers confronting Brown after finding his car parked across two handicapped spaces outside of a Walgreen's near 27th St. and W. National Ave. at about 2:00 am on January 26th.
After officers talked with Brown for about eight minutes, one demands that Brown take his hand out of his pocket. Brown refuses and the officers take him to the ground using a Taser.
"During the encounter Mr. Brown was decentralized, tased and arrested," Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said in a news release that accompanied the release of the video. "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.
Sources tell News/Talk 1130 WISN that three Milwaukee Police officers were suspended after an internal investigation into the incident: One sergeant for 15 days, a second sergeant for 10 days, and an officer for two days.
Milwaukee Police did not confirm the suspensions.
Brown is filing a civil rights lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department.
"My experience in January with the Milwaukee Police Department was wrong and shouldn’t happen to anybody," he said in a statement. "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."
The Bucks also weighed in on the release of the video, strongly condemning the actions of Milwaukee Police.
"The abuse and intimidation that Sterling experienced at the hands of Milwaukee Police was shameful and inexcusable," the team said in a news release. "Sterling has our full support as he shares his story and takes action to provide accountability."