Milwaukee police have disciplined officers involved in the violent arrest of NBA rookie Sterling Brown over a parking violation.
The police department released body camera video late Wednesday of the Jan. 26 incident outside a Walgreens drug store, where officers confronted the basketball player, reported WITI-TV.
The video shows an officer waiting at Brown’s car, which is parked horizontally across two handicap spots shortly after 2 a.m., and he questions the player, then 22 years old, when he exits the store.
“Back up,” the officer says repeatedly to Brown, before saying, “I will do what I want, all right? I own this right here.”
The officer accuses Brown of “being all badass with me,” but the player insists, “I ain’t got no problem.”
Other officers arrive, and suddenly one of them orders Brown to take his hands out of his pockets — and the player tells police he has “stuff” in his hands.
Police take Brown to the ground, and one officer uses a Taser on him.
The video contradicts the incident report, which claims Brown was acting “very aggressive” and “physically resisted” when officers tried to handcuff him.
One officer admits on the video that he was angry about Brown’s demeanor during the incident.
“If the guy hadn’t been such a dick it would’ve been — ‘Hey, have a nice day,’ you know?” one officer says after the arrest. “But then I thought, ‘He’s being an ass. He’s trying to hide something.'”
Brown was arrested on possible misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer, but after police reviewed the video they declined to refer the case to prosecutors for charges.
The NBA player, who is the son of a retired Illinois police officer, was cited for a parking violation, and he played a game later that day with bruises on his face.
“Black men shouldn’t have to have their guard up and instantly be on the defensive when seeing a police officer, but it is our reality and a real problem,” Brown said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Brown intends to file a civil lawsuit against Milwaukee police later this week, and his team, the Milwaukee Bucks, described the arrest as “abuse and intimidation.”
“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,” the team said in a statement.
Alfonso Morales, the chief of Milwaukee police, said the officers were disciplined but did not identify them or what punishment they received.
Sources told the Journal Sentinel that two sergeants, Jeffrey S. Krueger and Sean A. Mahnke, were among those who received discipline.