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Liar, Liar: Police Reports Reveal Milwaukee Officer Exaggerated Actions of Bucks Player

Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is seen during an NBA basketball game in Denver. Milwaukee police plan to release body camera footage, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, from the officers who used a stun gun on Brown during an arrest. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Officers involved in the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown said in preliminary police reports that Brown was aggressive when he was approached about a parking violation, though body camera footage suggests that wasn’t the case.

The police reports obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Officer Joseph Grams, who initially encountered Brown in a Walgreens parking lot last January, described Brown as very aggressive in his body language and actions and called for backup as a result. Grams’ draft report characterizes Brown as provoking the confrontation that ended with his arrest.

“Brown was very aggressive and agitated that I was blocking his way into his vehicle,” read the report. “Because of his aggressive body language and actions I felt Brown wanted to get into the vehicle and flee. Because of this I called for another squad,” Grams added.

But the body camera video shows that Brown showed little if any resistance before he was taken down by several officers, shot with a stun gun and handcuffed. Three officers involved in the arrest were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days.

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