Shocking video: Arizona police pummel man
Recently, surveillance video shows Mesa Arizona police officers hitting and kneeing a man before handcuffing him.
A group of police officers in a suburb of Phoenix caught on video beating and kneeing a man before handcuffing him earlier this year should not face criminal charges, outside the police investigators said Monday.
The Scottsdale Police Department said in a statement that the researchers found that “the use of violence is legally competent and responsible” by Mesa police under the legislation of a member state.
The incident took place on 23 May, when Mesa police found 33-year-old Robert Johnson after officers responded to a call from a woman who said that her ex-boyfriend tried to break into her apartment.
This May 23, 2018 still image file is created of a body camera video released by the Mesa Police department shows police officers approaching a man in Mesa, Arizona.
(Mesa Police department via AP)
The officials of the ex-boyfriend with Johnson, who said he was helping a neighbor get something from the apartment. Surveillance and body camera video released in June shows a Mesa police officer asks Johnson, who was on his phone to sit several times, that he is not.
The officer asks him to sit back down, but Johnson instead is leaning against a wall near an elevator while looking at his phone for multiple agents repeatedly beat him.
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The police said that Johnson was “verbally challenging and confrontational,” but his lawyers say there is no reason for the police to attack him.
In this June 7, 2018, file photo, Robert Johnson, 35, speaks at a New Beginning of the Christian Church in Mesa, Arizona
(AP Photo/Matt York)
“When the officials can get away with mistreating citizens, people in our community will lose confidence in them and our justice system,” attorney Benjamin Taylor told FOX10 in a statement. “The whole world saw the defeat of Mr Johnson took in the hands of the Mesa Police.”
Johnson’s lawyers said that he is still recovering from a concussion, scrapes and bruises, and that the case probably will wind up in court.
“The only justice he will get is of a civil jury,” Phoenix attorney Joel Robbins told the Associated Press.
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Scottsdale Police said the researchers to their decision after watching eight body camera videos next to the apartment complex surveillance video, and interviewed 15 people. On the basis of the research and consultation with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, officials determined that no criminal offences are warranted against the officers.
In this June 7, 2018, file photo, Robert Johnson, 35, left, leaves after his declaration at a New Beginning of the Christian Church in Mesa, Arizona.
(AP Photo/Matt York)
“We are pleased to see that the decision not to charge police for doing their work. The charge the police criminally for doing their work has a negative impact on the decision-making process for all law enforcement who work to protect the community and should be split-second decisions,” Will Biascoechea, president of the Mesa Fraternal Order of Police, said in a statement to FOX10. “It is important for the public to know that the images of the camera sometimes captures only one perspective, without context.”
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The Mesa Police Department said Monday that the officers involved in the incident remain on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the internal investigation.
The decision of the outside group came after Mesa police chief Ramon Batista hired a lawyer out to investigate the Johnson case and the rough treatment of a teenager armed robbery suspect captured on videotape the same month. He also requested an independent evaluation of the use-of-force cases in the past three years.
Arizona man beaten by police speaks out
In June, Johnson told reporters that he did not want another incident to happen to anyone else.
“Many of you have seen the video of Mesa police. … I don’t want this to happen to anyone in this specific system. … I am a family man, I am a god-fearing person, I just want Mesa to be accountable to what they have done,” he said.
Fox News’ Charlie Lapastora and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed