The Milwaukee Bucks released a powerful statement shortly after video of guard Sterling Brown's arrest was made public, calling the police department's actions "shameful and inexcusable", and offering Brown their complete support. I tell my players all police officers aren't bad, even though we have some that go overboard.
"We're taking the situation seriously and we're encouraging the police department to act on the information that they get from the video and we want to send a message loud and clear to the community that effort will be put in place to try to safeguard this type of activity from being commonplace".
After the video was released, Brown issued a statement that read: "What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and Tased, and then unlawfully booked".
"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.
It began at around 2am on 26 January in a Walgreens auto park when Brown walked out of the store to find an officer standing by his vehicle asking him for his driver's licence.
"If they're going to do anything in the line of doing their job that's gonna cause the city to pay out money, then they shouldn't be police officer".
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Brown, a rookie for the Milwaukee Bucks, was at Walgreens around 2 a.m. when he was approached by Officer Joseph Grams. Seconds later, the officer gruffly tells Brown to "back up". But the Journal Sentinel is reporting that Grams was suspended for two days, while two sergeants, Jeffrey S. Krueger and Sean A. Mahnke, received suspensions of 10 and 15 days.
Police have declined to name the officers or detail their punishments. Officers swarm over Brown and a stun gun is used on him.
Criminal charges against Brown were not pursued. "So I think it's encouraging that he stand and lets his community see that somebody is willing to risk themselves in standing up against a powerful, powerful entity", Lewis says.
"The common denominator in all of these situations has been racism towards the minority community, the abuse of power, and the lack of accountability for officers involved", Brown said. "It's shocking. I was watching the videos with my brothers and we said if it happened to Sterling, it can happen to anybody", Irvin said. "Sterling has our full support as he shares his story and takes action to provide accountability", it said.
In 2016, the city paid $5m to settle a lawsuit by 74 black residents who said police illegally strip-searched them between 2008 and 2012.