A police officer Erik Andrade involved in the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks
guard Sterling Brown has been fired due to a string of social media posts
which mocked the incident.
Although Police Chief Alfonso Morales explained the decision to terminate
Andrade was not related to his actions during Brown’s arrest, but
said the social media posts jeopardized the officer’s ability to
provide testimony in future cases.
On January 26, 2018 at around two in the morning, several officers of the
Milwaukee Police Department approached Brown at a Walgreens parking lot
due to a parking his car in two handicapped spots. During the incident,
the Bucks player was thrown to the ground, tased with a stun gun, and arrested.
The police body camera footage of the arrest—which was released in
June—showed that Brown didn’t threaten law enforcement before
or during his arrest. Additionally, the video showed officers expressing
concern over how the arrest will be viewed by the public.
Brown was held in jail for a brief period, but was never charged with a
crime. Later that day, he played in an NBA with visible bruising on his face.
Hours after the arrest, Andrade posted on social media: “Nice meeting
Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol #FearTheDeer.”
Three months later, the former officer shared a meme of Golden State Warriors
forward Kevin Durant that compared the player’s hair to a heavily
sprinkled ice cream cone. Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’’
loss to the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Andrade posted: “I
hope JR Smith double parks in Walgreens handicap Parkin spots when he’s
In June, Brown filed a lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department
and the city on the claims of wrongful arrest and excessive force during
the arrest. The suit says that law enforcement violated the Bucks player’s
Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights during the altercation.
Once the footage was released and public outrage followed, eleven officers
were disciplined. Three officers, not including Andrade, were suspended
for their actions.
Morales said that although officers are free to share their opinions on
social media, speech involving their work is not protected.
If you have been the victim of police misconduct during an arrest in Wisconsin,
Milwaukee criminal defense attorney at the
Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella today.