It was body camera footage viewed around the world. Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown tased by Milwaukee Officers on the Southside of the city.
A 51-page legal response to Brown’s federal lawsuit is getting lots of reaction.
“As I said when the incident occurred, I apologized to Mr. Brown, it was not the way our police officers should have treated him, and it's not the way I want to see interactions between our residents and our police,” Mayor Tom Barrett said.
It’s a different take on the city’s legal response. In the filing City Attorney Grant Langley says, "The injuries and damages sustained by the plaintiff, if any, were caused in the whole or in part by their own acts or omissions..."
Brown was arrested on Jan. 26 over a parking violation in a Walgreen’s parking lot. In May, the body camera footage was released. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales and Barrett condemned the officers’ actions. 11 officers were disciplined or retrained.
At a news conference Tuesday, Brown’s attorney, Mark Thomsen says he’s disappointed by the city’s legal response.
“This is outrageous, this response is bad for our city, setting aside the fact that it’s frivolous,” Thomsen said.
Whatever happens, Barrett says he doesn’t want this to be long-lasting litigation.
"I want to be clear, I think that this is something that should be resolved short of a trial, I think there is an opportunity for a settlement here,” Barrett said.
TODAY’S TMJ4 also reached out to Morales who has no comment at this time. Thomsen is hoping this is resolved before the season starts.