New video shows Milwaukee police stepping on Bucks guard Sterling Brown’s ankle, singing about overtime pay
The latest video released in the Sterling Brown case where the Bucks guard was tased for a parking violation at 2 a.m. in a Walgreens parking lot doesn’t paint the Milwaukee Police Department in very good light.
In one of those videos, the police pretty much say just that, when they realize they’re not just unnecessarily tasing a black man, they’re doing it to a professional athlete who has a platform.
In that video, after Brown has been tased and his head is pressed against the parking lot pavement, an officer stands on his ankle.
#SterlingBrown: All this, for what? You're stepping on my ankle, for what?"
MPD: "So you don’t kick us”
SB: "I ain’t got no reason to kick y’all, man"
Officer asked if Brown was an NBA player.
SB: "What you think? I look familiar, don’t I?”
MPD: “I remember the name” pic.twitter.com/30TP34zDjb
— David C. Crowley (@DavidCrowleyWI) June 5, 2018
“You’re stepping on my ankle, for what?” asked Brown.
“So you don’t kick us,” the officer said.
“I ain’t got no reason to kick y’all, man,” added Brown.
In another video, the officers discuss the potential repercussions.
“The bureau is coming out for this?”
“We’re trying to protect ourselves.”
“Because he’s a Bucks player?”
“Because he plays for the Bucks, if he makes a complaint, it’s going to be a [expletive] media firestorm.”
“And then any little [expletive] thing that goes wrong is going to be, ‘Ooh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist … blah, blah, blah.’”
There’s also a third video where an officer is in his car talking on the phone about overtime pay.
“Money, money, money,” the officer sang over the phone after Brown was taken to the hospital.
The officer continued about the taser, saying, “I don’t have a Taser,” adding that it belonged to Officer Bojan Samardzic. … “Sergeant [Sean A.] Mahnke said, ‘tase, tase, tase.’ We were fighting with him, and it wasn’t working. Sgt. Mahnke said, ‘Taser, Taser, Taser,’ so he Tased him.”
The officer imitated the sound of a Taser. He then laughed before getting off the phone.
That video can all be seen here.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel compared the police reports and the initial Brown arrest video, stating, “They don’t match.”