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The Sterling Brown Video.

Yesterday we mentioned two incidents that are in the news. The saddest is the death of a young female police officer by the name of Amy Caprio who was run over by a 16 year old who was part of a gang robbing homes in Baltimore County. Caprio will never return home due to the stupidity and selfish acts of the teens who will probably spend much of their adult life behind bars (if not all of it.)

The other incident is the tazing / use of a stun gun by the Milwaukee Police on NBA guard Sterling Brown.

The police department released the video and it is, to say the least, disturbing.

The incident starts when an officer approaches Brown who is illegally parked in a Walgreens parking lot. Brown is park perpendicular and across three parking spaces, including several spaces reserved for the handicapped.

The parking is ridiculous on Brown’s part. While it is raining, late and the lot is does not have many cars in it, there is no need to park the way he did.

As Brown exits the Walgreens, an officer approaches him in what we believe is a confrontational manner.

Instead of just talking to Brown, explaining that he can’t be parked like he was and writing a ticket, the officer wants to know Brown’s name, what he is doing there, etc. The officer steps closer to Brown and then claims that Brown is “all up in [his] face,” and demands that Brown step back.

If the officer had just written a ticket, none of what follows would have happened.

The officer makes a call on his radio and within moments, there are seven (7) police cars and eight (8) officers on the scene.

Must have been a really slow night for that much show of force.

(Just write the daggone ticket!)

At around 8:15 of the video, Brown, who has made no sudden moves is told to keep his hands out of his pockets (where his keys and the alarm to the car are.) It’s a chilly night in Milwaukee (as evidenced by the snow and the fact that you can see people’s breath) but the police won’t allow Brown to keep his hands warm.

One officer yells at Brown to take his hands out of his pockets and when Brown does not comply quickly enough, he is taken to the ground.

Over a parking ticket. A daggone parking ticket that would have netted the City of Milwaukee less than $50.

At 8:44, instead of writing the ticket, an officer yells “TAZER! TAZER! TAZER!”

You can hear Brown moaning as the tazer is fired – repeatedly.

(It appears that the tazer was applied to the body, rather than via the discharge of darts. Of course, if they had used the darts, the cartridge would have cost the City more than the parking ticket revenue.)

Six (6) officers handcuff Brown and leave him lying on the cold wet tarmac as they search his car. The passenger walks around nervously.

At 24:00 into the video, the officer and Brown start to banter. Brown tells the cop “you initiated everything.” The cop says “no you initiated everything.”

At 28:00 when the cop walks back from his car to where Brown is, you can see medical personnel there. An ambulance arrives a moment later.

(Are we spending enough on this simple parking infraction yet?)

The end of the video has one officer asking another to arrange for a tow of Brown’s vehicle as he is going to “follow [Brown] to the hospital or wherever he is going.”

Once again, all of this over a simple parking ticket.

A summary of what happened from Fox2 News:

According to a police report obtained by CNN affiliate WISN, Brown was aggressive when a police officer questioned him in a Walgreens parking lot and then resisted arrest.

The police report said the arresting officer wrote that he was conducting a business check at a Walgreens around 2 a.m. when he saw a vehicle illegally parked horizontally across two handicapped parking spaces. A passenger told the officer the driver was in the Walgreens, the officer wrote.

The driver, described as a tall black male approached him “and stood within arm’s reach,” the officer wrote. The officer said he “repeatedly” asked Brown to step back but Brown refused.

“Brown became very aggressive,” said the officer, who called for another squad car.

As a sergeant who arrived interviewed Brown, he “physically resisted officers attempts to handcuff him and he was taken to the ground in a controlled manner,” the arresting officer wrote in the report.

The officer said he tried to help his colleagues “because Brown continued to resist being handcuffed.”

“A Taser had to be employed to get Brown in control with handcuffs,” according to the arresting officer.

Police said Brown resisted or obstructed an officer, which is a misdemeanor, according to the report. He was later seen at a hospital, the report said. He was booked, issued a parking ticket and released from the Milwaukee County Jail, WISN reported. Brown was not criminally charged after police authorities reviewed reports and body camera footage, the department said.

The department said it decided not to present the case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for charges.

Brown had a bruise and scab on his face before a game between the Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets that was played later on the day of his arrest, according to WISN.

We defy anyone to find any images that support that Brown was “very aggressive.”

We defy anyone who thinks they would have not “resisted” when cops try to handcuff you because of their actions. While it is not the time or place to do that, human instinct is to resist the actions of others acting in an inappropriate, if not unlawful manner.

We defy anyone to say that the way the police wrote their reports match up to what happened that cold Milwaukee night.

The police chief had this to say about the incident:

“The department conducted an investigation into the incident which revealed members acted inappropriately and those members were recently disciplined,” [Chief Alfonso] Morales said, without taking questions. “I am sorry this incident escalated to this level.”

Disciplined?

How about “fired?” How about “terminated?” How about “cutting their lying butts lose and kicking them out onto the streets?”

“Discipline.”

Yeah. Right.

Brown says he is going to sue the City for civil right violations.

If he wins, he’ll probably get millions. Add that to the cost of the overtime to cover the “disciplined” lying cops, plus the cost of the paramedics showing up, an ambulance showing up and a ride to the hospital.

Over a parking ticket.

The police will demand that the teens that killed Officer Amy Caprio be convicted. They will demand justice for her, and rightfully so.

Yet we wonder how many cops will have the guts and the courage to say “what happened in Milwaukee was wrong.” Or “I don’t want those types of clowns wearing a badge.” Or even “their actions just made every good and decent cop’s job much harder.”

Will they want justice for Sterling Brown?

We hope so, but we aren’t holding our breathe.



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