On January 26, 2018 at approximately 2:00 a.m., members of the Milwaukee Police Department encountered Sterling Brown near the 2700 block of W. National Avenue regarding a parking violation.
During the encounter Mr. Brown was decentralized, tased and arrested.
The Department conducted an investigation into the incident which revealed members acted inappropriately and those members were recently disciplined.
Criminal charges against Mr. Brown were not pursued.
I am sorry this incident escalated to this level.
Today we are releasing body camera video capturing the interaction. The Milwaukee Police Department’s Open Records Division is still working to fulfill all requests for this video.
When I took office, I vowed to rebuild trust between the Milwaukee Police Department and the community. We are doing that.
I promised that when the Department is involved in events of this nature, we will be honest about them. We are.
I also promised to change the direction of the Department and through meetings with intergovernmental partners, community-based and faith organizations, and system partners we have begun that process.
The men and women of the Milwaukee Police Department are dedicated to protecting and serving the citizens of Milwaukee. We have hundreds of interactions with citizens each day, and those contacts end positively.
Therefore, we ask residents to work with us in our shared vision of making Milwaukee a safe place to live, work and raise a family.