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The mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, has expressed concern following the actions of the Milwaukee Police Department during an arrest of Milwaukee Bucks rookie guard, Sterling Brown.
According to Barrett, he’s viewed the police video of the arrest over an alleged parking violation, but did not offer details about the situation other than that he had questions about how the police acted. “I’m going to let the release of that speak for itself,” said Barrett during a news conference, “but yes, I definitely have concerns after watching that video.” He went on to say that Police Chief Alfonso Morales had a similar reaction to the video.
The video allegedly shows police officers questioning Brown over a parking violation in a Walgreen’s parking lot around 2:oo a.m. on January 26th earlier this year. Officers had been checking on a vehicle parked across two handicap spaces.
According to those who have seen the footage from the police body-camera, Brown was not combative at all during the questioning when officers used a stun gun on him before arresting him.
Brown was not charged with resisting arrest or obstruction of an officer after he was seized. However, the officers that were connected to the incident are subjects of an internal investigation.
According to a local news station, Brown is planning on filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city.
The initial statement released by the Milwaukee police said that officers spoke with a 22-year-old man about the parking violation, and that “an electronic control device was deployed” during the encounter.
The use of stun guns by the Milwaukee Police Department has risen as the use of firearms has drastically waned. From 2015 to 2016, the number of these incidents rose from 65 to 169, an increase of 160% over the course of one year. It dropped the following year to 128 accounts, according to the police department’s annual use-of-force report.
The video is expected to be released at some point this week, and possibly as early as Wednesday.