A Milwaukee officer involved in the stunning arrest of Bucks player Sterling Brown was fired by social media messages that mocked the incident, the city's police chief said Thursday.
Police chief Alfonso Morales said the firing decision was not linked to anything Erik Andrade did when Brown was arrested.
But he explained that messages from social networks compromised the officer's ability to testify in other cases.
Brown sued the police department in June and accused the officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he is black.
A group of officers attacked him in a Walgreens parking lot because he did not immediately remove his hands from his pockets.
Brown was standing with officers waiting for a parking ticket in a disabled location on January 26, but he never appeared to threaten the police before or during his arrest, according to videos from the police camera.
Police chief Alfonso Morales said the firing decision was not linked to anything Erik Andrade did when Sterling Brown was arrested
Brown sued the police department in June and accused the officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he is black
Andrade then taunted Brown on Facebook for his arrest.
& # 39; Enchanted Sterling Brown meeting of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol # FearTheDeer, a Facebook post read, referencing a slogan used to encourage Bucks in games.
Andrade also published a racist meme by Golden State Warriors star, Kevin Durant.
Morales said in a statement that Andrade's publications violate the department's social media policies.
Milwaukee police Erik Andrade made several social media posts, apparently enjoying with great joy the arrest of Sterling Brown. Andrade also hoped to do the same with Cavs guard JR Smith
One of Andrade's seemingly racist Facebook posts made fun of Warriors star Kevin Durant
"They have a racist connotation and are derogatory, mocking an individual who was recently subjected to the use of force by officers," Morales said. "Such comments also directly affect his credibility and his ability to testify in future hearings as a member of this Department, I have not tolerated such behavior and I will not."
Andrade was at the scene when Brown was arrested, but he was not among the officers who shot him down, police said.
A total of 11 officers involved in the arrest were disciplined or trained, but Andrade was not among those punished at that time.
The president of the Milwaukee Police Association, Mike Crivello, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on behalf of Andrade.
Andrade does not have a phone number listed.
Morales apologized to Brown for the actions of his officers and the Bucks' second-year guard was never charged with anything.
Morales apologized to Brown for the actions of his officers and the Bucks second-year guard was never charged with anything