Officers in Milwaukee tased NBA player Sterling Brown after a parking incident on Jan. 26. The body camera footage was released on May 23rd.
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said in a brief statement that officers had been disciplined for acting “inappropriately” when they “decentralized, tased and arrested” Brown. At a news conference later in Wednesday evening, Mayor Tom Barrett subsequently declined to specify the nature of the discipline, but he said, “As a human being, I am offended by what I saw on the video. … Mr. Brown deserves an apology and I’m very sorry the Milwaukee police treated him in the fashion he was treated in.”
The city had been bracing for release of the video, which Barrett had warned was “disconcerting” and “disturbing.” Brown, 23, was tased during a routine parking violation in January and reportedly plans to file a civil rights lawsuit over the episode. This isn’t going to end civilly.