On January 26th, Sterling Brown was wrongfully tased and arrested by Milwaukee police officers. According to Milwaukee police, officers doing a business check at a Walgreens around 2 a.m. noticed a parked vehicle across two handicap spaces. Brown was being questioned for the parking violation when police officers tased and arrested Brown. After an internal review, which included watching the body camera footage, no criminal charges were made against Brown.
According to Milwaukee County Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern, internal investigators at the Police Department did not ask the district attorney to consider criminal charges against the police officers or supervisors involved. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett states he is concerned for public backlash after viewing the camera footage of the incident, which is a similar reaction to Police Chief Alfonso Morales.
GCW is working for Mr. Brown to seek justice and prevent this from happening again. This is the second situation in the last month in Milwaukee, WI. With cases like this, GCW has worked hard to bring the story forward and cultivate conversations around civil rights issues. Already, this has sparked conversations about change in communities, including within the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee Common Council, as well as communities across the country.