The Milwaukee police officer who first confronted Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown outside a Walgreens in January was suspended for two days, the Journal Sentinel has learned.
Two supervisors who later arrived, escalating the situation, were suspended for 10 and 15 days, sources said. Several other officers were reprimanded.
Police Chief Alfonso Morales has not named any of the officers disciplined, nor has he detailed which department rules they violated during their encounter with Brown.
The officer who questioned Brown about parking illegally across two handicap spaces at 2 a.m. January 26 was Joseph Grams, the Journal Sentinel has confirmed.
Grams, who served as an Army ranger, joined the department in 2015 and received about $49,000 in pay last year.
City leaders demand details
City leaders on Thursday called on Milwaukee police to publicly share information about the officers.
Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton, flanked by fellow council members, called the incident involving Brown “embarrassing” during a news conference at City Hall.
“We’re having a very important conversation about police community relations and what it means to try to move forward after a very public and embarrassing incident,” Hamilton said. “We wanted as a council to stand together because we wanted to put the weight of the council behind what it is we’re trying to say.”
Hamilton told reporters that all people “deserve to be treated with respect” when it comes to the safety and welfare of the people of Milwaukee, adding that police have an “awesome responsibility.”
Hamilton repeatedly called for more transparency around the incident, specifically calling for the names of officers being disciplined to be released — as well as the discipline they may be facing.
“We are asking what type of discipline is being issued, who are the officers, what is the process if they end up challenging the disciplinary action,” Hamilton told reporters. “Our commitment with the public, with the Police Department, with community members is to work on the change.”
Ald. Milele Coggs also called for change.
“I would implore residents and community members to work with us — because we hear the cries, we share the pain,” Coggs said. “And we recognize the need for change.”
Asked if he believed any of the officers in the video should be fired, Hamilton said, “I believe officers that treat people that way should have never been hired in the first place.”
John Diedrich and Ashley of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report. The Journal Sentinel is part of the USA TODAY Network.
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