Police apologize, release video of arrest, tasing of Bucks' Sterling Brown

Sterling Brown plays for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA

Sterling Brown plays for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA

Milwaukee police have disciplined officers involved in the violent arrest of National Basketball Association rookie Sterling Brown over a parking violation.

The police chief vowed to improve police-community relations, citing the video's release and the disciplinary actions as part of those efforts, he said.

In the video, an officer approached Brown after noticing his Mercedes sedan was parked across two disabled spots at the drugstore.

The scene that plays out on the body camera footage seems to contradict the police report which says Brown was "very aggressive" and "physically resisted" the officers' attempts to handcuff him.

In a joint statement, the aldermen said they've introduced a file "to discuss and evaluate the current police policy and training as it relates to de-escalation, along with implicit and cultural bias".

Per Chief Alfonso Morales, multiple members of the force were disciplined, but did not specify the exact number.

"I am sorry this incident escalated to this level", he added. Sound off in the comment box below!

Grams claimed that Brown was illegally parked in a handicap space.

On Twitter, Brown, the son of a retired IL police officer, pledged to take legal action against the Milwaukee Police Department, but called on his supporters to respond peacefully.

One month after that shooting, New York-based Bucks President Peter Feigin called Milwaukee "the most segregated, racist place I've ever experienced in my life".

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

"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", the statement read.

Four minutes and 20 seconds into the video, two additional police cars pull into the parking lot.

One officer admits on the video that he was angry about Brown's demeanor during the incident.

"There needs to be more accountability", the team statement went on to say.

Brown said in a statement Wednesday that his experience "was wrong and shouldn't happen to anybody".

"I have stuff in my hands", Brown responds, before a scuffle breaks out and the player is tased.

It was not immediately clear why Morales didn't disclose details of how officers were punished, though in a news conference Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett suggested the discipline would be shared with the public once the officers' rights were met.

He repeatedly orders Brown to back up, telling him he's getting in his face, as Brown tells him not to touch him.

Lucas was also a Milwaukee police officer from 1976 until 2002.

The hashtag #StandWithSterling quickly started trending on social media, as video of the January incident over a parking violation started circulating online. As a community we have to do better.

The Milwaukee Bucks have also released a statement. "So if there is ever an incident where one of our members makes a mistake, unnecessarily escalating a situation, I am going to be honest and transparent about it".

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