Bucks issue strongly worded statement on Sterling Brown incident
The Milwaukee Bucks have issued a strongly worded statement in reaction to the release of the body-camera footage documenting an incident in January involving Sterling Brown and the Milwaukee Police Department in which the guard was arrested and tasered.
Milwaukee police have released body camera video of the arrest and tasing of NBA player Sterling Brown as the department's chief apologized for the incident. (Video contains graphic imagery) https://t.co/rQCBwOFGIR pic.twitter.com/y5IQQORjvA
— CNN (@CNN) May 24, 2018
The Bucks in the statement pledge “full support” for Brown amid the controversy and demand “full accountability” from the Milwaukee PD.
Bucks Organization Statement On Sterling Brown: https://t.co/W8prv5B4II
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 23, 2018
“The abuse and intimidation that Sterling experienced at the hands of Milwaukee Police was shameful and inexcusable,” the statement reads. “Sterling has our full support as he shares his story and takes action to provide accountability.
“Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated case. 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.
“We are grateful for the service of many good police officers that courageously protect us, our fans and our city, but racial biases and abuses of power must not be ignored.
“There needs to be more accountability.
“The Milwaukee Police Department and local officials have acknowledged the challenges they are working to address, and we urge them to enact higher standards and more direct accountability. We all want to be able to trust each and every officer serving to protect us.
“Incidents like this remind us of the injustices that persist. As an organization, we will support Sterling and build on our work with local leaders and organizations to foster safe neighborhoods and better our community.”
The incident in question occurred when police approached Brown after his vehicle was double-parked in a handicap zone outside of a Milwaukee Walgreens.
After the additional officers arrived, the situation became more tense, with police standing in a circle around Brown and using profane language before yelling at him to take his hands out of his pockets — now, via USA TODAY.
Brown, who had taken his hands in and out of his pockets several times before that, replied: “Hold on. I’ve got stuff in my hands.”
Police swarmed him, shouting “Taser! Taser! Taser!” Brown yelled in pain as he was shocked.
Brown earlier this week issued his own statement on the incident and through his attorney indicated an intention to file a civil rights lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department. Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, before the release of the video, admitted he “definitely” has concerns after watching the disturbing footage.
Brown was never charged in the incident, but was cited for a parking violation.