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.
The suit alleges Brown parked in a handicapped parking spot outside a drug store about 2 a.m. on January 26, and was approached by a Milwaukee officer who shoved Brown and subsequently called for backup.
Four months after Brown was wrestled to the ground by several officers in a Walgreens parking lot, Andrade allegedly mocked the situation on Facebook - this time with Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith on the receiving end. Officers swarmed Brown and took him down because he didn't immediately follow orders to remove his hands from his pockets.
The lawsuit also accuses one of the Milwaukee police officers of sharing "racist" social-media posts, including one on Facebook that read: "Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning!"
Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales issued a statement explaining that the officers involved have been "disciplined". Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in response to the lawsuit, "I'm hopeful this incident will be a turning point and allow us to take those actions necessary to improve police community relations".
It quickly escalated after Grams shoved Brown and Brown told the officer not to touch him.
"I ain't got no reason to kick y'all, man", Brown replied.
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Erik Andrade, one of the officers involved in the January 26 arrest, seemed to poke fun at the arrest that included Brown being tasered over a simple parking violation in an empty drug store parking lot in the wee hours of the morning.
Other videos showed an officer talking with two colleagues seating in a squad vehicle. Grams called for backup and seven officers responded, according to the lawsuit and bodycam video released earlier this month.
"I was just being smart". Ultimately, Brown was cited for a parking violation.
The suit describes the incident this way: The first officer who approached Brown didn't identify himself as a law enforcement officer, began to question Brown and shoved him.
Brown's suit also offers a more thorough breakdown of the exact moment when he was tackled and tasered than had previously been possible from the one body camera tape released initially by the city.
Brown suffered multiple minor injuries in the fracas and had all charges against him dropped.
Eight other officers were ordered to undergo remedial training in professional communications.