Police chief explains discipline for officers who arrested Sterling Brown, shocked him with stun gun

Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee say incident is part of disturbing pattern

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales on Friday issued a statement about the discipline for the officers who arrested Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown and shocked him with a stun gun.

A sergeant with 11 1/2 years on the job received a 15-day suspension for failing to be a role model.

A second sergeant with 12 years experience was suspended for 10 days also for not being a role model.

An officer who has been on the job for 2 1/2 years received a two-day suspension for failing to be courteous to a member of the public.

Eight other officers will undergo further training on how to ensure public safety.

Earlier in the day, the Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee said Brown’s mistreatment is part of a disturbing pattern.

“It was a vicious assault. It was intentional, and it was racial,” King Rick said.

King Rick said the community should take notice any time there’s racial injustice.

“We must put an end to this. Stop spending your money with people who don’t respect us as a people,” he said.

Appalled by the Brown case, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore has re-introduced her bill on mandatory de-escalation training for police.

“Sterling Brown could have come out of Walgreens, but instead this police officer wanted to see who this was and when he saw this black man with nappy hair and a hoodie, that set up a confrontation and that set off all the biases and stereotypes we have become too accustomed (to),” Moore said.

Moore said the de-escalation training which she has proposed for all police would have led to a ticket, not a Taser.