Officer loses work on "racist" social media posts about NBA players, says police chief

Officer loses work on "racist" social media posts about NBA players, says police chief

Brown was stopped in January at a drugstore parking lot due to a parking violation. Erik Andrade, the fired officer, was one of eight officers at the scene, but he was not a captive officer.

The incident led to an investigation into domestic affairs, and Brown sued the city, Milwaukee's police chief, and the officials for excessive force. In Brown's lawsuit, Andrade is being challenged for his social media posts and accused of ridiculing Brown's racist language and celebrating his arrest. CNN has turned to Andrade and the Milwaukee Police Association, but they did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

"Members are free to express themselves in the social media as private citizens, to the extent that their speech does not interfere with the mission of the ministry, but the professional or professional duty of the members is not protected, said Chief Alfonso Morales in one Statement.

Andrade's posts violate this policy, Morales said.

"They have a racist connotation and are disparaging and mocking a person who has recently been violently abused by the officers, and such statements also affect his credibility and ability to testify as a member of this department in future hearings." I do not have and tolerate no such behavior. "

Photos in the suit show the injuries Brown allegedly suffered by the hands of the police.
Brown got a ticket, but he was not charged in the incident. Although a first police report called Brown aggressive, Morales later apologized for the officials' behavior and said they acted "inappropriately". Mayor Tom Barrett said, "No citizen should be treated like this."

Following Brown's claim for unlawful detention and excessive use of force, Andrade released the following statements:

  • "Milwaukee Bucks nice meeting Sterling Brown at work this morning! LOL #FeartheDeer", Andrade wrote on Facebook, referring to the Bucks' rallying cry.
  • Andrade also shared a post with three pictures of black men, including Brown, who said, "Yes, whenever something happens, it's always an epidemic of racism, police brutality, or whatever these failed, liberal, handpicked, so-called liberal blacks Find leaders. "Andrade wrote about the post:" A little truth for those who want to listen. "
  • After the first game of the NBA Finals, when Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith made a faux pas, Andrade posted on Facebook: "I hope JR Smith locks in Walgreens handicap parking when he's in Milwaukee."

Andraden's post about Smith, according to the lawsuit, "is an admission that he and other defendants may carry out unlawful attacks and arrests of African-Americans without justification and then enjoy such events without fear of genuine discipline."

The complaint also accuses Andrade of other insensitive and racially charged posts:

  • Andrade wrote: "Damn ….. more nap than a preschool! Lmao" over a photo of an ice cream cone with chocolate sprinkles next to a picture of the back of NBA superstar Kevin Durant's head. The caption reads, "who wore it better?"
  • Andrade seemed to celebrate that he was using force in a post and said, "Had great time to make replacement in D5, the other day … 5+ OT and a use of force Lol."
  • In response to a message about Milwaukee, which launched a policy against mass imprisonment, Andrade wrote: "It's hilarious when people talk about mass dungeons, like the WTF?" Mostly, all the people I work with do not stay locked up when they should be. The last time I checked if you were not committing crimes, you will not be locked up. "

The argument with Brown began when the Milwaukee Bucks Shooting Guard left a drugstore on January 26 to find an officer in front of his car, parked in two parking spaces for the disabled.

Officers disciplined in arresting NBA Sterling Brown

The officer shoved Brown and Brown told the officer not to touch him. The policeman asked for support, and seven officials responded to the lawsuit, which was published in June.

Two sergeants were suspended for 10 or 15 days without pay because they were "not a role model for the professional police service". Another official was suspended for two days for not treating a member of the public with courtesy and professionalism. Eight others will receive training in professional communications, officials said.

The Milwaukee Police Association initially defended the officials who arrested Brown and called the use of force "a necessary component of policing". He accused the city leaders of not defending the officers. After publicizing Bodycam's footage, the union softened its tone and said it welcomed "appropriate review and control" of the matter.

CNN's Eliott C. McLaughlin and Amanda Watts have contributed to this report.

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