Chief Morales: "Haven't seen half" of Brown video, didn't expect additional footage to come out
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said Wednesday he had only seen half the body camera footage of the Sterling Brown arrest.
When answering questions about why MPD released only some of the footage of the Bucks player being tased after parking in a handicapped spot, Morales said he didn't expect it to get out.
"They got the raw footage," Morales said of Brown's attorney, who released additional videos to CBS 58 news. "I wasn't expecting any of that to come out. I didn't see half the videos either. I focused on the part, with Sterling Brown, the tasing."
Morales says he's trying to make the department more transparent.
"I'm not viewing all the video," Morales said. "But my focus with that. The sterling brown video, was just that. The arrest, and the tasing of sterling brown. Which i wanted to complete and get out to the public, because the public wanted to know."
Tuesday, Mayor Tom Barrett called for a new policy to release all police body camera video at once. Wednesday, he wrote a letter to the Fire and Police Commission saying he wants "residents and officers to trust that when footage is released - that it shows as complete and thorough an account as possible."
The letter asked the FPC to create a new policy on releasing the video, and work with police to administer it.
Morales did not answer if he supports the mayor's policy proposal. An MPD spokesperson later said he did not have a stance on the issue.