United States city police apologises for National Basketball Association player's arrest

Joanna Estrada
May 25, 2018

The police in USA city of Milwaukee have apologized to National Basketball Association player Sterling Brown for his January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include use of a stun gun, saying some members of the force had been disciplined.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in a statement that he disapproves of what he saw in the "disturbing" video, as he held a press conference on Wednesday evening after the incident.

The relationship between the Milwaukee Police Department and the communities it serves - especially minority communities - has often been strained.

The Bucks released a statement that read in part: "The abuse and intimidation that Sterling experienced at the hands of Milwaukee Police was shameful and inexcusable". In his own statement, Brown connected his experience to the fatal killings of "Dontre Hamilton of Milwaukee, Laquan McDonald of Chicago, Stephon Clark of Sacramento, Eric Garner of NY, and the list goes on".

The local police chief has apologized for his officers' "inappropriate actions" after what appeared to be a basic parking violation escalated into the use of force by police. The officer fires off questions and orders one after another as Brown tries to get a word in.

While I am deeply disturbed and appalled with the blatant abuse of power by the Milwaukee Police officers involved in the Sterling Brown incident, I can not say that I am surprised.

There were concerns about the footage, and the way the public would react, before it was released. Multiple officers gather around Brown at his auto and ask him questions.

Brown was arrested but never charged.

Sources told the Journal Sentinel that two sergeants, Jeffrey S. Krueger and Sean A. Mahnke, were among those who received discipline.

"I am sorry this incident escalated to this level", Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said in a statement.

Some leaders are anxious about how the Sterling Brown incident could affect the already tense police-community relations. In this instance, a parking issue that could have been taken care of with a simple ticket or request to move the vehicle escalated because of an officer's lack of respect for a Black man. But even without the transcription, Kleefisch says "it seemed alarming to me".

"My experience in January with the Milwaukee Police Department was wrong and shouldn't happen to anybody".

"In 2016, the WNBA fined players from the New York Liberty and Indiana Fever for wearing T-shirts with the words "#BlackLivesMatter" and "#Dallas5" - a reference to the July 2016 shootings of five police officers in Texas. But just think about all the poor folks who have things like this happen every single day and they don't have anybody to stand up for them and they can't stand up for themselves.

The city has also paid out millions of dollars in recent years to settle lawsuits by black residents who said police had illegally strip-searched them. "Sterling has our full support as he shares his story and takes action to provide accountability".

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