City Braces for Worst: Arrest Video Showing NBA Rookie Brutalized by Police to be Released

City Braces for Worst: Arrest Video Showing NBA Rookie Brutalized by Police to be Released

‘I’m going to let the release of that speak for itself, but yes, I definitely have concerns after watching that video’

Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Sterling Brown exceeded expectations on the hardwood this year — his first in the NBA –. but unfortunately, it was what he did off the court that attracted the most attention. Brown was arrested in a pharmacy parking lot in the early hours of January 26th for resisting arrest. But as the body-camera footage from the incident is set to be released to the public, Milwaukee city officials and police are bracing for the community’s reaction.

According to the original police report, Brown’s vehicle was spotted parked across two handicapped spaces at a Milwaukee Walgreens. Brown came out of the store and stood in close proximity to the officer, who said Brown “became very aggressive”, which prompted a call for backup. After backup arrived, Brown resisted being handcuffed and the officer used a taser to subdue the twenty-two year old.

Except that might not be what happened.

An internal affairs investigation was triggered when it was decided that Brown would not be charged with obstructing an officer. And with the video on the verge of being released, it sounds as if he wasn’t charged for obvious reasons. Speaking at a press conference, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said:

“I’m going to let the release of that speak for itself, but yes, I definitely have concerns after watching that video.”

Assistant Police Chief Michael Brunson told parishioners at a Milwaukee church:

“There’s going to be a video that is going to come out soon, in the next couple of weeks, involving the department. And I’m going to be honest with you: We’re going to need your support during the challenges.” 

Both officials appear to be warning that public that the video will show the NBA player being subdued with a taser for no justifiable reason. Brown has added to that speculation by announcing his intention to sue the Milwaukee Police Department. In a city with a questionable history of police and sheriff misconduct, it’s not hard to see why potential citizen reaction would have city government on high alert.

The ball is in Milwaukee’s proverbial court. The video is likely going to spark public outrage, but if the offending actors suffer little-to-no consequence as seems to be the standard operating procedure in urban America, there’s no telling what that spark may ignite.

 Watch the original TMJ4 report of the Sterling Brown tasering and arrest here:

Photo Credit: TMJ4 on YouTube; Wikimedia Commons

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Ed Hanratty is a Reverb Press contributor and freelance political journalist. A lifelong New Jerseyan, he prides himself on having just enough Garden State sarcasm and skepticism to keep his bleeding heart in check. Keep up with Ed’s work and random ramblings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the links below…but not Snapchat — that’s where he’s decided to draw the social media line. (For Now)