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Sterling Brown: video shows Milwaukee police arresting & tasing NBA player

What will be interesting is the deeper dig into the actions of the police, given the fact that Brown wasn't at all belligerent or otherwise conducting himself in a way deserving of the officers' actions.


Kahron Spearman


The Milwaukee Police Department apologized Wednesday for an incident in which a stun gun was used on Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown after he was questioned over a potential parking violation in January.

 

Body camera video of the incident was released to considerable criticism. Criminal charges against Brown were not pursued, per Milwaukee police.

 

Both Brown and the Milwaukee Bucks made statements available.

Situations like mine and worse happen every day in the black community. Being a voice and a face for people who wont be heard and dont have the same platform as I have is a responsibility I take seriously. I am speaking for Dontre Hamilton of Milwaukee, Laquan McDonald of Chicago, Stephon Clark of Sacramento, Eric Garner of New York, and the list goes on. These people arent able to speak anymore because of unjust actions by those who are supposed to “serve and protect” the people.

Sterling Brown
Guard, Milwaukee Bucks

The city and the police had been attempting to get themselves in front of the fallout before the release. However, the timing of their efforts fell on top of the NFL's new policy on protesting during the national anthem.

 

In fact, though it was already guaranteed to be major news, the new policy only accentuated and further elevates Brown's plight, beyond Milwaukee County. 

"This is bigger than me. My family, friends, legal team, Priority Sports, Milwaukee Bucks, the black community and the communities of all who stand against injustice plan to continue the fight," Brown said. "Peaceful support to ensure no further damage to our community is the only way to respond. I know many of you will share my anger and frustration, but for our community to progress and grow, we need to build on what we already have and not destroy it."

 

What will be interesting is the deeper dig into the actions of the police, given the fact that Brown wasn't at all belligerent or otherwise conducting himself in a way deserving of the officers' actions. 

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