'This Could Be Bad': Milwaukee City Officials Fear Releasing Footage Showing NBA Rookie Being Brutally Tased By Cops
"The player doesn't appear to be provocative at all."
May 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm
Update: Milwaukee police released the troubling video footage depicting the arrest of NBA player Sterling Brown on Monday, May 21, according to CNN. In the video, Brown is seen surrounded by a group of police and eventually tased without any apparent justifiable reason. Upon release of the footage, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who anticipated backlash given the discomforting and aggressive nature of the cops in the video, said the behavior shown by those police has "no place in the city."
Original story: Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown was reportedly tased by city police officers in an incident that is reportedly so brutal, city officials are nervous for the footage to be released.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, police were doing a business check at a local Walgreens around 2 a.m. on Jan. 26 when they saw a vehicle parked across two handicap spaces. Police say they spoke with 22-year-old Brown about the situation, but when he began questioning the police about why they were writing him a ticket, "an electronic control device was deployed." After tasing him, police arrested Brown for resisting or obstructing an officer; however, an internal review caused all charges to be dropped.
Now, as the footage is set to be released, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is concerned about potential backlash. According to two sources at the Sentinel, the footage shows that Brown was not combative in his encounter with the police who, on the other hand, were reportedly brutal with their treatment of the athlete.
"I'm going to let the release of that speak for itself, but yes, I definitely have concerns after watching that video," Barrett said at a news conference.
Even more peculiar is police have reportedly been preparing for the release by allowing selected local officials to watch the footage first.
"This could be bad," said one source who watched the video. "The player doesn't appear to be provocative at all."
Brown had to play a game later that January day with bruises and marks on his face. Though he chose to address the situation to reporters as simply a "personal issue," his treatment sparked an internal investigation.
"There's going to be a video that's going to come out soon, in the next couple of weeks, involving the department, and I'm going to honest with you, we're going to need your support during the challenges," assistant chief of police Michael Brunson Sr. said during a Ceasefire Sabbath event at a Milwaukee church, according to WITI-TV.
A potentially embarrassing video for the Milwaukee Police Department that will soon be released involves the January arrest of Bucks rookie Sterling Brown, WISN 12 NEWS has learned.
— WISN 12 NEWS (@WISN12News) May 21, 2018
Black man goes to Walgreens.
Receives parking violation.
Not combative at all.
Officers use stun gun anyway.
Victim is NBA player.
Sterling Brown of Milwaukee Bucks
— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) May 22, 2018
If the circumstances surrounding the arrest have officials nervous, you can only imagine how us everyday black folks feel. Over and over again, we hear stories of police using excessive force on black bodies under the assumption that they can get away with it.
This time, think again.