Common Council President Hamilton calls on MPD chief to disclose officers' discipline in Brown case

Posted: 8:06 AM, May 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-24 13:22:36Z
Hamilton: MPD should reveal officer's punishment

MILWAUKEE -- In an interview with TODAY'S TMJ4 Thursday morning, Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton said he's calling on new Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales to disclose how his officers were disciplined in the tasing and arrest of Bucks player Sterling Brown.

Brown was tased and arrested at a south side Walgreens early in the morning on Friday, January 26 after double parking across two disability parking spaces. It happened at the Walgreens on S. 26th St. and W. National Ave. 

"I think it's important for [the public] to know exactly what that disciplinary action is," Hamilton told TODAY'S TMJ4's Shaun Gallagher.

Police released video of Brown's arrest Wednesday evening . Chief Morales apologized for the incident at a news conference but did not take questions from the assembled media.

“I am sorry the incident escalated to this level,” Morales said.

Hamilton agrees that the police reaction was unnecessary.

"My initial reaction was 'something like this should not happen over a parking citation.' This was a parking violation, it should never have escalated to the point it escalated to," he said.

"The last thing that we want to be viewed as is a backward city that's not taking these issues seriously, so we're taking it seriously."

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett offered his own apology Wednesday evening.

"As a human being I am offended by what I saw on the video," Barrett said. "As a mayor I am committed to improving police-community relations.”

Brown has said he will sue the Milwaukee Police Department over the January arrest.