Milwaukee police officers expressed concerns over potential accusations of racism during the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown in January, according to new footage obtained by WISN-TV.
The Milwaukee Police Department released more body-camera footage from the incident, which also included one officer celebrating the additional money he would make due to overtime hours logged for the arrest.
The arrest has been widely scrutinized and criticized after the original release of footage showing multiple police officers in a physical altercation with Brown after he was cited for double parking in two disabled driver spaces at a Walgreens.
What's the story?
After a parking citation encounter escalated into violence that left Brown injured and handcuffed on the ground, Milwaukee officers foresaw the outrage that could result from the situation.
"If he makes a [expletive] complaint, it's going to be a [expletive] media firestorm," one officer is heard saying. "And then any little [expletive] that goes wrong is going to be, 'Oh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist, blah, blah, blah.'"
At one point in the new footage, an officer appears to recognize Brown, and asks him if he plays for the Bucks. Brown replies, "What you think? I look familiar, don't I?"
Another video shows an officer calling in to his shift commander after Brown had been put into an ambulance to notify him that he needed approval for overtime. While on the phone, the officer is heard singing "Money, money, money, money, money" to the tune of the famous O'Jays song.
After @Bucks guard #SterlingBrown was taken down & shocked with a Taser, one officer stepped on his ankle, another… https://t.co/QBBRICO8PD— WISN 12 NEWS (@WISN 12 NEWS)1528067080.0
Where do things stand now?
Three of the officers were suspended for the encounter, and Brown was never charged in the incident. He has indicated plans to file a federal lawsuit against the department, calling his treatment over a "simple parking ticket" "shameful and inexcusable."
(H/T: The Washington Post)