Lawsuit alleges Milwaukee police officer joked about getting chance to beat J.R. Smith

Bucks guard Sterling Brown is suing the department over unlawful arrest

Daryl Ruiter
June 19, 2018 - 2:43 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) dribbles the ball after controlling an offensive rebound against the Golden State Warriors with under five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – A lawsuit filed by Bucks guard Sterling Brown alleges that a Milwaukee police officer joked on Facebook about hoping he’d get the chance to do to Cavs guard JR Smith what he and other officers did to Brown in a Walgreens parking lot in the early morning hours of Jan. 26, 2018.

Brown is suing the city of Milwaukee, the city’s police chief and 8 officers after he was beaten and tased during an arrest for what should have been a simple parking violation citation.

According to the 40-page lawsuit filed on behalf of Brown, officer Erik Andrade, who was among nearly a dozen officers who responded to the original call for backup during Brown’s arrest, posted on Facebook “I hope JR Smith double parks in Walgreens handicap Parkin spots when he’s in Milwaukee!” after Smith’s blunder in Game 1 of the NBA finals that saw him dribble out the final 4.7 seconds of regulation with the game tied after rebounding George Hill’s missed free throw. The Cavs lost in overtime and eventually were swept.

The lawsuit also detailed other social media posts by officer Andrade, who is listed by Brown as a defendant, on Facebook where Andrade is alleged to have joked about the arrest of Brown as well as posted a multitude of other racially offensive material, including joking about using excessive force against civilians.

The body cam video of the arrest of Brown went viral and showed officers joking about potential repercussions of the incident and celebrating their receiving overtime pay from the department.

Brown alleges that the officers not only tried to conceal evidence but also stood on his ankle and repeatedly tried to intimidate and provoke him during what he is claiming was an unlawful arrest.