Milwaukee police released a video on Wednesday of January 26 of the arrest and killing of NBA player Sterling Brown, who said in a statement, "Situations like mine and worse happen every day in the black community." Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales apologized Wednesday for his department's handling of the situation and said the officials involved had been disciplined.
Brown was arrested at 2 am in a Walgreens parking lot by officers using a stun gun. Officers had parked on a vehicle that was parked in two places for disabled people. Brown was not charged.
Officers initially claimed that Brown threatened them while they were giving him a ticket. At no point in the video does Brown seem to be threatening or violent with the officers before he was arrested and arrested.
Brown said in the statement Wednesday that the incident "forced me to get up and tell my story so I can help prevent these injustices in the future."
"There are no easy solutions to this problem, but there are steps that can be taken to bring about change," said Brown. "I will do my part to prevent similar minority incidents from happening in the future."
Morales says officers have been "inappropriate" and these officers have recently been disciplined. He says he is "sorry that this incident escalated to this level."
At the time of the incident, the Milwaukee police said that Brown's actions and conducts did not result in criminal charges and that they would review the police response and use of force, reports CBS Milwaukee, a member of the WDJT. The release of the video and Wednesday's press conference will mark the end of this investigation.
Milwaukee's police have been preparing for the release of the video for a few weeks. Barrett had said the video was "disturbing". Fire and Police Commission chief La Keisha Butler said she was worried about what the reaction to the release of the video might look like.
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