Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Suit: Officer in Sterling Brown case joked about incident, JR Smith

Suit: Officer in Sterling Brown case joked about incident, JR Smith

Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is accusing Milwaukee police officers of discriminating against him because he is black when they used a stun gun last winter during his arrest for a parking violation.

According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee, Sterling Brown, a guard for the Milwaukee Bucks who is black, was wrongfully arrested and mistreated because of his race by a police department with a history of excessive force against black people. He was taken to the ground by a group of officers before one tased him on the ground.

The 23-year-old player said he was wrongfully arrested and police used excessive force in a high-profile incident that took place on the early-morning hours of January 26 and garnered nationwide attention following the release of body-camera video footage last month.

"That's why I'm doing what I'm doing, so officers can be held accountable", Brown said. Thomsen urged city leaders to acknowledge that Brown's constitutional rights were violated and approve their claim.

The lawsuit accuses one of the responding officers of subsequently sharing racist posts and memes online and even making light of the encounter with Brown.

One officer reacted to the arrest with glee, according to the lawsuit, which showed screenshots of him going on Twitter to mock Brown.

"For too long, African-American men have been arrested and abused and killed as a result of bad police work", Brown's attorney, Mark Thomsen, said.

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Brown was not charged following his arrest. In April 2014, a Milwaukee police officer fired 14 shots and killed Hamilton, who suffered from schizophrenia, after an altercation between the two at a park.

Brown had been co-operative with officers and never appeared to threaten police before or during his arrest, according to police body-camera videos.

But additional body camera and squad auto videos obtained by Fox 6 Now showed the moments after officers used a stun-gun on Brown.

Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales issued a statement explaining that the officers involved have been "disciplined".

"I hope JR Smith double parks in Walgreens handicap Parkin spots when he's in Milwaukee!".

The first bodycam footage, released in May, contradicted the initial police account and showed the situation escalated into a testy confrontation in a matter of seconds. Two sergeants were suspended without pay - for 10 and 15 days, respectively - for "failing to be a role model for professional police service", while another officer was suspended for two days for "failing to treat a member of the public with courtesy and professionalism".

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