Mayor Tom Barrett apologizes to Sterling Brown after taser video released

Posted at 10:21 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 23:22:41-04

Community leaders are reacting to the release of thebody camera video of Bucks player Sterling Brown's arrest.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett saying in an evening press conference “as a human being I am offended by what I saw on the video. As a mayor I am committed to improving police-community relations.”

Barrett also called on Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales for accountability and transparency in the case moving forward.

“I know the police chief has disciplined those involved and need discipline,” said Barrett.

But the mayor could not elaborate on what type of discipline is being handed out or if any of the officers will be terminated. 

Marks Tucker, Director of the African American Roundtable, a community group in Milwaukee also asked for discipline of the officers involved.

“Officers must be held accountable and examples must be set by the administration by terminating officers,” said Tucker.

She also called for more training for officers in the field.

"We need well-trained officers that work to de-escalate harm and implement ways that do not bring additional harm into our communities," Tucker said. 

Barrett told reporters he saw the same video that was released today two weeks ago. He had said the video was concerning leading up to Wednesday's release.