According to a document filed just before midnight Friday, however, Milwaukee's city attorney, Greg Langley, is maintaining the officers who made the arrest did not do anything wrong. The document goes a step further, blaming Brown for how the situation unfolded, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting.
The filing came as the city's written a response to a civil rights lawsuit filed by Brown.
"The injuries and damages sustained by the plaintiff, if any, were caused in whole or in part by their own acts or omissions," the document reads.
The mayor, Tom Barrett, who in May said that "as a human being, I am offended by what I saw on the video," said on Saturday that he did not see the document and the tone caught him by surprise.
"It is my hope that this can be resolved in a constructive way for Mr. Brown and for the community. I think it's counterproductive for anybody to turn up the heat with rhetoric like this. I'm trying to bring respect throughout the entire community, and I'm going to continue to do that."
Brown, then 22 and now 23, was arrested on Jan. 26 after police used a stun gun while Brown was being questioned by officers over a parking violation in a Walgreens parking lot. Brown was cited for a parking violation but not charged following his arrest.
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," Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said in a statement in May.
Morales said the officers "acted inappropriately" and have been disciplined following an internal investigation into the incident.
Brown signed with the Bucks last summer from SMU as part of a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, who took him with the 46th overall pick in the 2017 draft. He averaged 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds this season in 54 games.
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