A judge has dropped all charges against Robert Johnson, 35, who was seen being beaten by the police, a 23-video.
(Mesa Police video)
Against an Arizona man, whose case gained national attention after a video of him repeatedly beaten, and legs by police went viral, got fired.
A motion filed Wednesday by the Mesa city prosecutor John Belatti — on account of Robert Johnson, 35, were charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the police — asked that the charges be dropped without prejudice “in the interest of justice,” the Arizona Republic reported.
Municipal Judge Elizabeth P. Arriola agree with the proposal Thursday.
Benjamin Taylor, a lawyer for Johnson called the charges “false and drummed up”, and told the newspaper that his client was “happy” to see them fall.
In the video of the May 23 incident, the officers of the Mesa Police Department can be heard telling Johnson — who was leaning against a wall — “all the way down” for the police swarm him and beat him, until he falls to the ground.
While handcuffed with officers him down, Johnson can be heard swearing and asking the police, “it felt good to get your hands on me, while I am moderate?”
Five of the officers placed on leave, while another department of the police investigating the incident, according to the paper.
Mesa police chief Ramon Batista has called for multiple investigations into incidents arising from officers of using excessive violence of the past three years, the paper reported.
On Wednesday, the Republic also reported that there is a separate bodycam video shows Mesa police officers punching a man by the name of Jose Luis Conde, and later telling him to ‘man up’, as he lay in a pool of blood in a hospital.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.