Disturbing body-camera video shows the moment Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown was taken to the ground, then shocked with a stun gun after he parked illegally outside a Milwaukee Walgreens in January.
The video, released by the Milwaukee Police Wednesday, shows a single officer approach the 22-year-old rookie guard after he parked his car across two handicapped spots on Jan. 26.
Brown complies with the officer’s questions, but the cop accuses him of acting like a “badass.”
Within eight minutes, he’s surrounded by police officers, and as they’re talking, one yells, “Take your hands out of your pockets now!”
Brown says he has “stuff in his hands” and about three seconds later, the cops pull him to the ground.
An officer screams, “Taser! Taser! Taser!” and one of the cops zaps Brown, who can be heard grunting in pain.
Brown was later released without charges.
“What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of force, including being handcuffed and Tased, and unlawfully booked,” Brown wrote on Twitter Wednesday. He compared himself to Eric Garner, Stephon Clark and other black men killed by police.
“The common denominator in all of these situations has been racism towards the minority community, the abuse of power and the lack of accountability for officers involved.”
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized and said the cops acted inappropriately.
“The Department conducted an investigation into the incident which revealed members acted inappropriately and those members were recently disciplined,” Morales said.
“Criminal charges against Mr. Brown were not pursued. I am sorry this incident escalated to this level.”
The recording, from the first officer on the scene’s body camera, shows the cop immediately ask “How are you doing? You’ve got a driver’s license?” as Brown walks to his car.
Within seconds, the officer escalates the encounter, telling him, “Where’s your driver’s license. Back up. You don’t see the issue here? Hold on.”
He accuses Brown, who doesn’t make any sudden movements of getting “all up in my face.”
“That’s right, I told you to back up, cause you’re gonna get in the car. I’ll do what I want, alright? I own this right here.”
The cop repeatedly asks Brown for his name — even after he answers.
“What’s your name? What’s you name?” the cop asks.
“Sterling Brown,” the former Philadelphia 76er replies.
“I’m asking you,” the officer questioned.
Brown answered him once again and said he didn’t have a problem.
When another police car shows up, the officer tells Brown to wait.
“So we’re gonna wait a little longer. We’re gonna figure it out,” the officer says.
“Oh, alright. What are we figuring out?” Brown responds
“We’re gonna figure out what we’re gonna do. Whether you need a ticket, whatever,” the officer says.
“You can’t do that by yourself?” Brown asks.
As more police cars arrive, the police officer tells his responding colleagues he didn’t need that much backup.