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Brown writes: "My experience in January with the Milwaukee police department was wrong and shouldn't happen to anybody. What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and Tased, and then unlawfully booked."

Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown. (photo: AP)
Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown. (photo: AP)


After My Experience With Milwaukee Police, I Have to Tell My Story

By Sterling Brown, Guardian UK

25 May 18


‘Situations like mine and worse happen every day in the black community’ writes NBA player Sterling Brown in a public statement on Wednesday

y experience in January with the Milwaukee police department was wrong and shouldn’t happen to anybody. What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and Tased, and then unlawfully booked. This experience with the Milwaukee police department has forced me to stand up and tell my story so that I can help prevent these injustices from happening in the future.

Situations like mine and worse happen every day in the black community. Being a voice and a face for people who won’t be heard and don’t have the same platform as I have is a responsibility I take seriously. I am speaking for Dontre Hamilton of Milwaukee, Laquan McDonald of Chicago, Stephon Clark of Sacramento, Eric Garner of New York and the list goes on. These people aren’t able to speak any more because of unjust actions by those who are supposed to “serve and protect” the people.

The common denominator in all of these situations has been racism towards the minority community, the abuse of power, and the lack of accountability for officers involved. The lack of repercussions for the police officers involved in so many of these cases is offensive. This is a slap in the face to the victims’ families and communities.

Black men shouldn’t have to have their guard up and instantly be on the defensive when seeing a police officer, but it’s our reality and a real problem. There must be mutual respect and both sides have to figure out how to accomplish this.

There are no easy solutions to this problem, but there are strides that can be made to create change. I will do my part in helping to prevent similar incidents from happening to the minority community in the future.

This is bigger than me. My family, friends, legal team, Priority Sports, Milwaukee Bucks, the black community and the communities of all who stand against injustice plan to continue the fight. Peaceful support to ensure no further damage to our community is the only way to respond. I know many of you will share my anger and frustration, but for our community to progress and grow, we need to build on what we already have and not destroy it. I will take legal action against the Milwaukee police department to continue forcing change in our community.


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+6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-05-25 19:24
There is no doubt that american police departments are filled with racism. I doubt this would have happened if he were white. African Americans get roughed up just to teach them a lesson - or so the police seem to think.

There's no solution to this. Jeff Sessions, the "independent" attorney general has decided that arresting and prosecuting Julian Assange is his number one priority, or close to busting pot smokers and immigrants. He cannot see that there is systemic civil rights violations in US police departments. They are unable to investigate and fix themselves. There needs to be a Justice Dept. investigation and possible court ordered re-organization of the police departments. But Sessions is too busy following his own independent interests.
 
 
+4 # lfeuille 2018-05-26 17:56
There certainly is a solution. The solution is to get rid of Trump who supports Sessions in all this and appointed him for this very reason.
 
 
0 # skylinefirepest 2018-05-27 18:06
Now, just a simple question, Iffy...what the hell does trump have with the Baltimore Police Dept. hiring belligerent cops? Geez, you got the syndrome really bad.
 
 
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-05-27 19:50
Would Pence continue Sessions? I don't know. Trump will be gone in 2020. I'm not sure we can take Sessions that long. Sessions is protected because he's protecting Rosenstein and Mueller. They've blackmailed him or something. Trump is afraid to fire Sessions because the media would say he's trying to fire Mueller or Rosenstein. I say fire them all.
 
 
-3 # AldoJay69 2018-05-26 05:30
The cops are this way with EVERYONE! It's not automatically racism because you're black.
This typical cop delivered typical cop baiting to provoke any excuse for using force.
Cops strut. Cops believe they are in charge of everyone, all colors, all religions, both genders. They believe they rule. They believe they ARE the law.
"Are you obstructing me? I just told you to back up."
BROWN TOOK THE BAIT! He reacted as you would react to any alpha male bully on the street. But, here's the thing: cop-bullies have weapons and handcuffs and backup and radios, and pious self-importance .
Hey, Sterling Brown, how smart do you have to be?! JUST SHUT UP! "You have the right to remain silent." USE IT!
I've been confronted by cops many times and there's ALWAYS baiting. I NEVER take the bait. I silently watch as they bluster. It actually frustrates the shit out of them!
I've never been arrested.
 
 
+5 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-05-26 08:15
i.e., blame the victim. BS.
 
 
0 # skylinefirepest 2018-05-26 10:14
I agree with AJ...it's not just blacks, it's anyone. Nationwide police departments seem to be going for the more belligerent, arrogant types for their new hires. I agree that it's a tough job and the presence of drugs makes any arrest more dangerous today but the police are carrying it too far.
 
 
+6 # chrisconno 2018-05-26 11:44
Sessions doesn't believe in civil rights because he would like to see slavery reinstituted. Blacks are the logical first target. Immigrants and their potential for creating a source of child slaves is the next best. These are evil people in control of our 'justice system'(and I use that term loosely. We are being turned into a vicious oligarchy with no morals supported by the family values republicans. This would be a funny irony if it weren't so damned damaging.
 
 
+2 # tomtom 2018-05-27 00:53
No one is free, until everyone is free.
 

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