Police officer involved in arrest of Sterling Brown of Milwaukee Bucks fired

Rex Christensen
September 14, 2018

One of the Milwaukee police officers involved in the arrest of Bucks player Sterling Brown has been fired, Police Chief Alfonso Morales said Thursday.

A lawsuit filed earlier this year singles out Officer Erik Andrade for posting on social media, appearing to celebrate the actions of officers.

Here are a couple of the social media posts in question (there are some other racist posts from this officer related to National Basketball Association players listed in Brown's lawsuit).

"This is unfortunate. firing somebody is very serious in a profession such as this", said Morales, who was afraid Andrade's social media use would come back to haunt him in court. "However, speech, on or off duty, pursuant to members' official duties and professional responsibilities is not protected", Chief Alfonso Morales said in a statement. 'Such comments also directly affect his credibility and ability to testify in future hearings as a member of this Department. "I have not, and will not, tolerate such behavior", Morales added.

Brown was given a ticket but he was not charged in the incident.

Brown was standing with the officers waiting for a citation for parking in a disabled spot early on January 26, but never appeared to threaten police before or during his arrest, according to police body camera videos.

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Chief Morales and Mayor Tom Barrett have, in the past, both publicly apologized to Brown for the incident.

'Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeer, ' one Facebook post read, referencing a slogan used to cheer on the Bucks at games.

Andrade also posted a racist meme of Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.

Brown's lawsuit referenced the offensive messages as well as others, which his lawyers say "is an admission that [Andrade] and other defendant officers are allowed to engage in unlawful attacks and arrests of African-Americans without justification and then relish such events without any fear of real discipline". "Last time I checked if you don't commit crimes you don't get incarcerated".

Brown was thrown to the ground and tased over a late-night parking violation outside a Walgreens store, a situation where six police cars were called. When other officers arrive on the scene, the video shows Brown standing near his vehicle.

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