UPDATE: New body cam footage has been released from the night of Sterling Brown’s arrest, showing clear shots of a police officer using a Taser on him. The new video shows police pinning Mr. Brown to the ground and the Taser bar stuck to his lower back.
“If my city is serious about apologizing, addressing race relations, then they have to be sensitive of how they release documents,” said GCW attorney Mark Thomsen.
On Tuesday, August 28th, GCW Attorney Mark Thomsen held a press conference, addressing the court document filed by Milwaukee City Attorney, Grant Langley, at 11:55 p.m. Friday, August 24th. This answer is in response to Sterling Brown’s civil rights lawsuit.
Mr. Brown’s federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday, June 19th, against the city of Milwaukee and its police department for the unlawful arrest and use of excessive force on Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown.
The city’s response to Mr. Brown’s lawsuit stated, “The injuries and damages sustained by the plaintiff, if any, were caused in whole or in part by their own acts or omissions.” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett did not have the chance to review the answer before it was filed by City Attorney, Grant Langley, but was surprised by the response.
Mr. Brown wants the city to admit the incident was an unlawful racial stop and is committed to making a change within the community.
“The city [Milwaukee] must admit that this was a violation of his [Mr. Brown] constitutional rights… that is the starting point of any meaningful discussions,” said Thomsen.
With cases like this, GCW has worked hard to bring the story forward and cultivate conversations around civil rights issues.
Watch the video below for a viewing of the press conference held on Tuesday, August 28th.