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Milwaukee chief apologizes for NBA player Sterling Brown arrest


MILWAUKEE (AP) - Video released Wednesday shows an interaction between Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown and four police officers during a parking violation quickly escalated when an officer asked the basketball guard to take his hands out of his pockets.

Moments later, four officers swarmed Brown and began yelling for a stun gun to be deployed. Brown is on the ground and barely visible in the footage. He can be heard groaning in pain.

Police released footage from an officer's body camera showing the Jan. 2 incident that started with an officer approaching Brown for double parking in a handicap spot at a Walgreens lot. The conversation between the officer and Brown immediately becomes tense when the officer asks for his driver's license. The officer tells Brown to back up and Brown says, "For what? I ain't did nothing."

The first officer called for assistance and more than three squads arrived.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown says his experience with Milwaukee police was wrong and "shouldn't happen to anybody."

Brown released a statement Wednesday after Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized for how his department handled the January arrest of Brown.

Brown says what should have been "a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force."

He says, "Situations like mine and worse happen every day in the black community."

Officers used a stun gun on Brown after coming across the Bucks player in a Walgreens parking lot. Brown was not charged.

Brown says he's planning to sue the Milwaukee Police Department.

Brown was arrested about 2 a.m. Jan. 26 in a Walgreens parking lot by officers who used a stun gun. Officers had been checking on a vehicle parked across two handicap spaces. Brown was not charged.

Morales says officers "acted inappropriately" and that those officers had recently been disciplined. He says he's "sorry this incident escalated to this level."

Morales' statement came as the department was about to release body-camera footage of the arrest.

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