Update 11/09/2020 12:12pm:
Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown was wrongfully arrested by Milwaukee police in 2018 after he was accused of parking in a handicapped space. Video of the incident shows the NBA player approaching police to question them about the ticket he was being issued, which led to the situation being escalated by police who tackled him, then tased him. Along with that, he was charged with resisting arrest. The charges were dropped after an investigation was launched into the incident and bodycam footage revealed that Brown did nothing wrong. Now, news surfaced, noting Brown received a settlement for the incident.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA player was given $750,000 as a settlement with the city of Milwaukee for a civil rights lawsuit. The lawsuit accused police officers of arresting him based on his race and also noted they used excessive force on him. The settlement also noted, “the city of Milwaukee would admit to constitutional violation and commitment to incorporate changes to the Police Department operating procedures.”
source: The Athletic
Original 05/25/2018 1:46am:
The disturbing body-camera footage of Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown being tasered by police during a January arrest that began with a parking ticket. Both the NAACP and the Bucks organization have spoken out defending him.
The Milwaukee Police Department have reportedly apologized to Brown and announced that some of the officers involved have been disciplined. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett also reportedly said he found the “concerning.”
“The department conducted an investigation into the incident, which revealed members acted inappropriately and those members were recently disciplined,” police chief Alfonso Morales said at a news conference.
“I am sorry this incident escalated to this level,” he added.
Brown ultimately was not charged with anything. He issued a statement Wednesday saying the experience “was wrong and shouldn’t happen to anybody.”
“What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and tased, and then unlawfully booked,” Brown said.
The Bucks also released a statement saying Brown has the team’s “full support as he shares his story and takes action to provide accountability.”
The president of the NAACP, Fred Royal, also took time to express his thoughts on how the police conducted themselves given the situation.
Royal said he finds it “disturbing that an officer would incite an argument over a parking citation” and thinks the officer should have done a better job of explaining the reason why he was questioning him.
Brown, a 23-year-old rookie, was a second-round draft pick in the 2017 NBA draft.