Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales arrives to issue a statement in conjunction with the release of police body camera video of the January 26, 2018 tasering arrest of Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 23, 2018.
The other two officers, who have yet to be named, were suspended for 10 and 15 days.
The video then shows an officer looking at papers and examining the interior of Brown's auto.
The scene that plays out on the body camera footage seems to contradict the police report which says Brown was "very aggressive" and "physically resisted" the officers' attempts to handcuff him.
Morales said the officers "acted inappropriately" and have been disciplined following an internal investigation into the incident.
"With the national spotlight that is already on Milwaukee, and that will, I'm sure, grow.it's our honest hope that this moment in time, and the video, and everybody that sees it, that it helps to ignite a level of dialogue and discussion about police-community relations that we just have not had in the past, and also a level of change". Black and Latino drivers there are more likely to be stopped and are more likely to be searched than white people.
Morales did not take questions from reporters, but says some of the officers involved in the incident have been disciplined. Without warning, all three officers grabbed Brown and threw him on the ground. The Justice Department didn't charge Manney, who was only fired.
Brown has hired a prominent Wisconsin lawyer to bring a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Milwaukee. Officers used force at roughly the same rates after they began testing cameras in 2013.
He noted that "There must be mutual respect, and both sides have to figure out how to accomplish this".
Brown's team, the Milwaukee Bucks, labelled the incident "shameful and inexcusable".
Morales said Wednesday he was "sorry this incident escalated to this level". Sterling has our full support as he shares his story and takes action to provide accountability.
"Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated case". "So if there is ever an incident where one of our members makes a mistake, unnecessarily escalating a situation, I am going to be honest and transparent about it". Meanwhile, community groups in Milwaukee are weighing in, too - criticizing police for how they handled Brown.
The police chief vowed to improve police-community relations, citing the video's release and the disciplinary actions as part of those efforts, he said.
"It shouldn't require an incident involving a professional athlete to draw attention to the fact that vulnerable people in our communities have experienced similar, and even worse, treatment", the statement read.
The Milwaukee Police Department and local officials have acknowledged the challenges they are working to address, and we urge them to enact higher standards and more direct accountability. "We are doing that", he said.
"My experience in January... was wrong and shouldn't happen to anybody", he said.