Milwaukee police late Monday released what the warned was a potentially embarrassing video of the January arrest of Bucks rookie Sterling Brown.
Watch the video HERE. Brown appears to be Tazed and brought to the ground about the 8 minute mark of the video.
Police used a stun gun on Brown in the parking lot of Walgreens at South 26th Street and West National Avenue in the early morning hours of Jan. 26.
In a news conference Wednesday, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized for what happened during the incident.
"The Department conducted an investigation into the incident which revealed members acted inappropriately and those members were recently disciplined," Morales said in a statement. "Criminal charges against Mr. Brown were not pursued. I am sorry this incident escalated to this level."
Brown, in a statement on Twitter, said he would take legal action against the Milwaukee Police Department.
"Black men shouldn’t have to have their guard up and instantly be on the defensive when seeing a police officer, but it’s our reality and a real problem. There must be mutual respect and both sides have to figure out how to accomplish this," Brown wrote.
The Milwaukee Bucks also issued a statement supporting Brown.
"The abuse and intimidation that Sterling experienced at the hands of Milwaukee Police was shameful and inexcusable. Sterling has our full support as he shares his story and takes action to provide accountability," the statement read.
"Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated case. It shouldn’t require an incident involving a professional athlete to draw attention to the fact that vulnerable people in our communities have experienced similar, and even worse, treatment.
"We are grateful for the service of many good police officers that courageously protect us, our fans and our city, but racial biases and abuses of power must not be ignored." he wrote.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said some of the officers involved are under investigation for their conduct, according to WISN-TV.
Brown, 23, was not charged.
WISN reported that Asst. Chief Michael Brunson on Sunday warned parishioners at Abundant Faith Church of Integrity on North Good Hope Road that video would soon be released that would be damaging to the department and asked the churchgoers for their ongoing support.
"Chief Morales is committed to changing the culture of our department, and we're going to need your assistance in helping us do that," he said. "When we make mistakes as an agency, we're going to own it. We're going to be honest about it."
Just days after Brown's arrest, Barrett and then-police Chief Edward Flynn refuted Ald. Bob Donovan's assertion that they had meddled in the investigation into the incident.
For more go to WKOW: http://www.wkow.com/story/38261971/2018/05/23/milwaukee-police-prepare-for-backlash-over-bucks-rookie-arrest-video