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Milwaukee man sentenced to 1 year after causing police chase that injured bystander

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- An unusual scene took place in a Milwaukee courtroom Wednesday, Dec. 4.

A man who was shot and wounded during a police chase asked for leniency for the suspect.

Tari Davis spoke at the sentencing hearing for Kevin Brown. "He made a mistake. I was shot in that situation. I was there," he said.

Back in September, police say they tried to stop Brown after he drove through a red light.

After a car chase, Brown tried to run and police say an officer fired, thinking that Brown was reaching for a weapon.

Davis, who was not involved in the chase, was hit by the gunfire. In court Wednesday, he said fear of police played a role in the incident.

"I've seen kids slammed to the ground for jaywalking, simply jaywalking in these neighborhoods," Davis said. "So there's a fear factor that is there and is imminent."

"Mr. Brown could've killed himself, could've killed someone going to work, could've killed a delivery driver, could've killed a police officer, could've killed someone back from third shift, could've killed someone coming back from Walgreen's that had to get formula for their kids," said Milwaukee County Judge David Borowski. "Then what do I do with Mr. Brown?"

The judge wound up sentencing Brown to a year in prison with two years of extended supervision for a charge of running from police and causing bodily harm.

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