MILWAUKEE (AP) — Newly released police videos showing the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown show one officer stepping on Brown’s ankle while he was handcuffed on the ground and others discussing the potential backlash of taking down an African American professional basketball player.
Brown was arrested for a parking violation in Milwaukee in January.
The body camera and squad car videos, obtained by WISN-TV, show Brown asking why the officer was stepping on his ankle. “C’mon man, you’re stepping on my ankle for what?” Brown said. The officer told the Bucks star he wanted to make sure he wouldn’t kick officers.
Another video records an officer in his squad car calling his supervisor to let him know he’ll need overtime before singing, “Money, money, money, money, money …”
Later an officer converses with two others who are seated in a squad car as they explained they were trying to protect themselves during the arrest and how police could be perceived as racist for arresting a black Bucks player.
“The bureau is coming out for this? … We’re trying to protect ourselves,” one officer said. “Because he plays for the Bucks, and if he makes a complaint, it’s going to be a [redacted]. And then any little [redacted] thing that goes wrong is going to be, ‘Ooh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist … blah, blah, blah.’”
Associated Press contributed to this story.