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Bucks' Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee police over stun-gun arrest

Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department.


Brittany King


Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, according to ESPN.

 

The 23-year-old is claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation back on January 26.

 

Brown's attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court, and according to documents, Milwaukee police violated his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights during his arrest and tasing.

This federal lawsuit reflects the fact that for too long in this city African-American men have been arrested, abused and, as in the case of Dontre Hamilton, killed as a result of bad police work. That work is a stain on the city and it's an insult to every good, decent police officer in this city and in this county.

Two sergeants and an officer did receive suspensions, but according to the suit, their discipline was not for the "unlawful and race-based arrest and detention" of Brown or the excessive force used against him.

 

According to the lawsuit, Officer Erik Andrade later logged on to Facebook to mock Brown, saying, "Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol #FearTheDeer."

 

His racist posts continued when three months later, Andrade shared a meme of Kevin Durant mocking his hair. He went on to also write a post about J.R. Smith after the team lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals, saying, "I hope JR Smith double parks in Walgreens handicap Parkin spots when he's in Milwaukee!"

 

The lawsuit also states: "Defendant Andrade's post is an admission that he and other Defendant officers are allowed to engage in unlawful attacks of African Americans without justification and then relish such events without any fear of real discipline."

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