Newly-released body cam footage from the night Sterling Brown was arrested offers the first clear shots of a police officer using a Taser on the Milwaukee Bucks guard.
Officers confronted Brown in January of 2017 after seeing his car parked in between two handicapped spots in a Walgreens parking lot. Following his verbal altercation with an officer, more officers arrived on the scene, at which point they pinned Brown to the ground and subdued him with the Taser. The new video, obtained by WISN 12 News, shows the Taser bar stuck to this lower back.
“I was just gonna drive stun him, but Sarge moved,” one of the officers can be heard saying.”
Brown’s disbelief at what had happened was also recorded.
“You could have talked, you didn’t have to touch,” he said to one of the officers.
More videos made public the following month revealed how an officer worried about a possible “media firestorm” if Brown complained following the incident.
“And then any little [expletive] thing that goes wrong is going to be, ‘Oh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist ... blah, blah, blah,’” an officer said.
Brown has since filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the arrest. The Milwaukee Police Department also conducted an investigation, prompting three of the officers involved to be temporarily suspended. They’ve since gone through remedial training, although one of the officers on the scene, Erik Andrade, was fired for posting racist and derogatory content related to Brown on social media.