Milawukee Police Chief Apologizes for Sterling Brown Taser Incident, Team Responds with Criticism
Milwaukee's police chief says officers involved in the taser incident of NBA player Sterling Brown 'acted inappropriately' and were 'recently disciplined' following the conclusion of an investigation into the matter.
Police Chief Alfonso Morales also added, ''I am sorry the incident escalated to this level.''
Morales, though, did not take questions from media or elaborate on the investigation, it's findings or the penalty dished out the any of the involved officers.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Brown is planning a civil rights lawsuit, meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks released a biting statement following the release of police body cam video of the incident.
The Bucks released this statement, via NBA.com:
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.
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.
There needs to be more accountability.
The Milwaukee Police Department and local officials have acknowledged the challenges they are working to address, and we urge them to enact higher standards and more direct accountability. We all want to be able to trust each and every officer serving to protect us.
Incidents like this remind us of the injustices that persist. As an organization, we will support Sterling and build on our work with local leaders and organizations to foster safe neighborhoods and better our community.
Brown attracted police attention for parking in a handicapped spot, and apparently parking in a manner that his vehicle parked across and blocking two spots.
After being tasered, Brown was handcuffed and reportedly taken into police custody on possible misdemeanor charges for resisting arrest or obstruction, BrewHoop.com reported.
Brown was ticketed for a parking violation, the report.