Milwaukee Police Apologize for Treatment of Bucks’ Sterling Brown
Earlier in the week, the Milwaukee police apologized for the “acting inappropriately” towards Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown.
An incident, which occurred back on January 26, saw Brown arrested at parking lot for straddling two handicapped parking spaces. He was soon-after pummelled by a group of cops, shortly after asking Brown to remove his hands from his pockets.
“Leave me alone,” Brown appeared to say in the surveillance. “I’ve got stuff in my hands.”
Seconds after the statement, he was on the ground and tasered.
“I am sorry this incident escalated to this level,” said Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales of the event that occurred at 2:00am outside of a Walgreens, minutes away from the BMO Bradley Harris Center – the home of the Milwaukee Bucks.
“Black men shouldn’t have to have their guard up and instantly be on the defensive when seeing a police officer, but it’s a reality and a real problem,” Brown said in his statement. “There must be mutual respect, and both sides have to figure out how to accomplish this.
“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.”
Brown is planning on suing the Milwaukee police department.
“Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated case,” the Bucks’ statement said. “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.
“There needs to be more accountability.”