Update: 4:28 p.m.
Milwaukee Police Chief Morales shared this statement about the firing of Erik Andrade.
Police Officer Erik Andrade has been terminated by the Milwaukee Police Department as a result of images and statements posted to a social media account. According to our Standard Operating Procedure, members are free to express themselves as private citizens on social media to the degree that their speech is not disruptive to the mission of the Department.
However, speech, on or off duty, pursuant to members’ official duties and professional responsibilities is not protected. I find that Officer Andrade’s postings are in direct violation of such policy. They have a racist connotation and are derogatory, mocking an individual who was recently the subject of officers’ use of force. Such comments also directly affect his credibility and ability to testify in future hearings as a member of this Department. I have not, and will not, tolerate such behavior.
Eight months after the controversial arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown, an officer has reportedly been fired in the wake of it.
Shannon Sims of WTMJ sister station TODAY'S TMJ4 reports that, according to Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales, an officer has been fired. That officer is Erik Andrade, according to TODAY'S TMJ4.
BREAKING:An @MilwaukeePolice officer involved in the arrest of Buck’s player @thatnegus_sb has been FIRED. Chief Morales confirming to @tmj4 Anchor Shannon Sims. More reaction on this developing story at 6 O’clock on Today’s TMJ4 pic.twitter.com/Cylcn3ACGf— Shannon Sims (@ssimsworldwide) September 13, 2018
The Chief told Sims they sent a letter to the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission on the news.
It’s been three months since a Facebook post surfaced from Officer Andrade's Facebook page which allegedly stated, "Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol #FearTheDeer.” The post was made allegedly made after Brown’s arrest.
"He was not involved in the initial part. It was more the social media. We have a social media policy. This policy did not just come out in the last couple years. It's one that's been standing," said Morales to Marquette University's Mike Gousha on Wednesday.
"You bring our department into social media communication, you're going to have to answer for it."
Brown was arrested after parking his vehicle in two handicap parking spaces outside of a Walgreens back in January. Body camera video showed officers tackling him to the ground and using a stun gun on him.
Brown was never charged in connection with the incident.
Chief Morales apologized for the inappropriate actions of officers in the arrest of Brown. The department had already included disciplinary actions against numerous officers, but this is the first word of firings.
Morales cited to Gousha the need for officers who testify in court to have a positive reputation.
"For me, one of the most important functions of a police officer is to be able to testify in court. If you can't testify in court, I can't utilize you," said the Chief.
It's going to be a circus by putting the person on the stand. We're going to bring this incident and make a circus of the court every time the person goes on the stand based on what was said...we can't have that."