In newly released body-cam and squad-car footage from the disturbing January arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown, Milwaukee police officers can be heard strategizing in private after learning of Brown’s identity. The new videos pile on to an incident the Milwaukee Police Department doled out punishments for in late May, apologizing both before and after the initial footage went viral.
Brown spoke out against “police intimidation” after what started as an interaction over a parking violation escalated into the officers using a stun gun on the NBA rookie.
Following the physical arrest, Brown was loaded into an ambulance with bruises visible on his face and Taser marks on his back. The new footage reveals two officers conversing in the police car afterward, expressing fear of how the incident could affect their reputations.
“The bureau is coming out for this?” one officer can be heard saying. “… We’re trying to protect ourselves … because he plays for the Bucks, and if he makes a complaint, it’s going be a [expletive] … and then any little [expletive] thing that goes wrong is going to be, ‘Ooh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist. Blah, blah blah.”
Earlier in the video, Brown asks the officers to ease their restraining efforts.
“You’re stepping on my ankle, for what?” Brown says in the video, released Sunday by WISN 12 News.
The arresting officers responded by claiming they were trying to prevent the 6-foot-6 Brown, who was handcuffed on the ground at the time, from kicking them.
“I ain’t got no reason to kick y’all, man,” replied Brown, whom they were arresting for Walgreens parking lot over a late-night parking violation.
The video then reveals the exact moment the officers realized who Brown was, questioning him about whether he plays for the Bucks.
“What do you think?” Brown responds. “I look familiar, don’t I?”
Brown did not receive any charges after the incident but has said he plans to file a federal lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee.