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Bucks rookie Sterling Brown’s lawsuit shows police officer’s racially charged Facebook posts

By Ashley Luthern and Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown filed a federal civil rights suit Tuesday against the Milwaukee Police Department and the city, claiming wrongful arrest and excessive force during an altercation outside a Walgreens store.

Milwaukee police violated his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights during his arrest and tasing about 2 a.m. Jan. 26, the suit says.

And although two sergeants and an officer received suspensions, their discipline was not for the “unlawful and race-based arrest and detention” of Brown or the excessive force used against him, according to the suit.

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(Photo: Federal court filing)

“This federal lawsuit reflects the fact that for too long in this city African-American men have been arrested, abused and, as in the case of Dontre Hamilton, killed as a result of bad police work,” Brown’s attorney, Mark Thomsen, said at a news conference outside City Hall.


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