Brown Files Suit Against Milwaukee Police
Bucks player files federal civil rights suit, claiming wrongful arrest and excessive force.
Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department and the city, claiming wrongful arrest and excessive force during an altercation with police Jan. 26 at a drug store.
The Milwaukee Bucks player was stopped by an officer in January for what started as a parking violation.
Brown, who was parked across two handicap parking spots outside a Walgreens at West National Avenue and South 26th Street, was surrounded by a handful of officers and Tased during the interaction caught on police body cameras.
Three officers have been suspended and another eight are required to go through retraining.
The incident has sparked outrage in the city and garnered national attention.
In May, Brown went on Good Morning America and said he hoped the lawsuit he planned on filing would bring about real change in Milwaukee policing.
At least one alderman has said the city can’t afford to pay out another lawsuit of this kind.
The police department is under new leadership after Police Chief Ed Flynn retired in February. Flynn held the post for a decade. Alfonso Morales now heads the department and has promised more community policing and pledged transparency in the department.
Still, Morales has been criticized by how the department handled the fallout of Brown’s arrest and the speed in which the investigation took place.
Brown’s attorney, Mark Thomsen, is expected to speak with reporters Tuesday morning in front of Milwaukee City Hall.
Sterling Brown Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Milwaukee Police was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
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