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US police chief apologizes for arrest of NBA player

Police body-camera footage released by Milwaukee Police Department shows NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown.(Milwaukee Police Department via AP)

Police body-camera footage released by Milwaukee Police Department shows NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown.(Milwaukee Police Department via AP)

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized Wednesday for the actions of the officers who tased and arrested Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown in January.

Morales said the officers “acted inappropriately” and have been disciplined following an internal investigation into the incident. Body-cam video of what happened was released Wednesday. In the video, Brown is seen surrounded by several officers outside his car. He is told by an officer to take his hands out of his pockets, and when he doesn’t immediately, the officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him.

“I am sorry this incident escalated to this level,” Morales said in a statement. Morales did not take questions from reporters in attendance.

Brown plans to file a lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department as a result of the incident, he said as part of a lengthy statement he released Wednesday. The Bucks also released a statement supporting Brown. (Reuters)

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