Video of Bucks SG being Tased worries mayor
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett is concerned about public backlash when a police video that shows officers using a Taser on Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown — without provocation, according to a report — becomes public.
“I’m going to let the release of that speak for itself, but yes, I definitely have concerns after watching that video,” Barrett told reporters Monday.
Barrett said Police Chief Alfonso Morales had a similar reaction to the video, which could be made public as soon as Wednesday.
Police officers used a stun gun on Brown and arrested the 23-year-old guard during questioning over a parking violation in a Walgreens parking lot at about 2 a.m. on Jan 26. Sources who have seen the body-camera footage told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Brown was not at all combative prior to officers using the Taser.
“This could be bad,” a source told the Journal Sentinel of the video. “The player doesn’t appear to be provocative at all.”
The officers involved in the incident are the subject of an internal investigation. Brown was not charged after his arrest for resisting or obstructing an officer.
“There’s going to be a video that’s going to come out soon, in the next couple of weeks, involving the department,” Assistant Police Chief Michael Brunson Sr. told a church congregation on Sunday, according to WITI-TV. “And I’m going to honest with you, we’re going to need your support during the challenges.”