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24th May 2018

Police apologise after they tasered and arrested NBA star over parking offence

Alan Loughnane

Sterling Brown

They’ve released footage of the incident…

The Milwaukee Police Department have apologised and said that the officers who tasered and arrested Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown have been disciplined.

The incident began with a parking violation and escalated into the use of a stun gun on Brown and an arrest by a number of police officers.

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales’ apology came as police released body-camera footage showing how the simple parking violation quickly escalated.

Morales stated at a news conference: “The department conducted an investigation into the incident, which revealed members acted inappropriately and those members were recently disciplined.

“I am sorry this incident escalated to this level.”

Criminal charges against Brown were not pursued.

Brown, who has said that he plans to pursue a lawsuit against the Milwaukee police, said in a statement that the incident “has forced me to stand up and tell my story so that I can help prevent these injustices from happening in the future.”

The Milwaukee Bucks also issued a strong statement of support following the release of the video on Wednesday, they called the behavior of the Milwaukee police “shameful and inexcusable.”

“The abuse and intimidation that Sterling experienced at the hands of Milwaukee Police was shameful and inexcusable,” they said.

“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. ”

Video via MilwaukeePolice

The video footage released dates back to the arrest made in January.