Sterling Brown sues city of Milwaukee over arrest

Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday

Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday

"Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning!"

"The city hasn't done virtually anything yet", Brown's attorney Mark Thomsen told reporters Tuesday morning, speaking in front of Milwaukee's city hall. "As a human", he said, "I was offended by what I saw on the video".

"I was just being smart. Brown would hope that the city would act swiftly and that when he hits the floor this next season in our new stadium, that we celebrate that Milwaukee is an example to the country of what a city can do to turn itself around". Sgt. Sheronda Grant of The Milwaukee Police Department said per their standard operating procedure, "Police members may draw or display their firearms in circumstances where they reasonably believe it may be necessary to use their firearm in the performance of their duties". Brown said. In response, the officer said he was trying to prevent Brown from kicking anyone.

"You're stepping on my ankle, for what?"

Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on January 26, when officers took him down because he didn't immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered. Following a tense conversation, the officer called for backup. Videos released by police and obtained by WISN-TV show Brown never threatened the officers and appeared calm while he waited for a parking citation. Police videos show Brown remained calm and did not resist, yet the situation escalated, officers surrounded him and one used a stun gun on him. In the video, other officers arrived and can be seen talking to Brown near his auto when one of them shouted for Brown to take his hands out of his pockets.

Another video shows officers concerned about the aftermath of the confrontation.

"Because he plays for the Bucks, if he makes a complaint, it's going to be a media firestorm", the sergeant said. The officers downplayed Brown's initial accusations until damning body cam footage was released last month.

In one, Brown is on the ground and handcuffed when an officer puts one of his boots on Brown's ankle, holding it there.

"I get mad every time I watch it", Brown told the newspaper.

Brown's vehicle was parked horizontally across two parking spots reserved for people with disabilities.

The suit contends that the post about Smith "is an admission that (Andrade) and other Defendant officers are allowed to engage in unlawful attacks and arrests of African-Americans without justification and then relish such events without any fear of real discipline", according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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