PHOENIX – The attorney for an Arizona man not seen on the police video beaten and mocked, bleeding on a hospital floor said Thursday that the evidence of an already embattled suburb of Phoenix police department has a pattern of acting above the law.
For the third time in a week, body camera videos of the Mesa Police department, the agency of the policy on the use of violence under the microscope.
Lawyer Bret Royle said he recently obtained from the videos of the January arrest of Jose Luis Conde while negotiating a plea deal for him. Royle said the images paints a more brutal picture than what he read in a report.
“When officers act, it causes citizens to doubt the integrity of the other officers,” Royle said during a press conference at his office. “They violated the trust of the prosecutors when they wrote reports, which, at the minimum, adorned as not to distort competition.”
Conde is faced with two counts of resisting arrest and one count each of aggravated assault, possession or use of narcotics and escape.
The 23-year-old landscape worker was a passenger in a car Mesa police stopped Jan. 28 for possible drunk driving. An officer did a pat-down search of him and believed he was hiding drugs, according to the police report.
The officer then thought Conde was going to attack him and took him to the ground. He continued to fight and allegedly swung his fists at the officer. They later found three) the bag seems to contain cocaine in his sock.
While two officers suffered scrapes, Conde was transported to a hospital. The police said Conde tried to flee from his room in the hospital, but was caught in the hallway and being pushed back by officials.
Video shows an officer punched and elbowed Conde four times, while he was beaten. Conde said she also threw him into a wall, gouged him in the eyes and hit his head with a large flashlight. He also had a part of his ear sewn back on.
“They laughed at me while I laid in a pool of my own blood, barely conscious. And this is not to laugh,” Conde said.
He said: it is unacceptable that the officers involved are not disciplined and could possibly do this for other people. “My hope is that my case can bring meaningful change to the Mesa Police Department,” Conde said.
Mesa police said in a statement that it has not received a complaint, nor has an internal investigation into Conde’s arrest, are open.
The police Ramon Batista last week, former officer of justice to investigate two other video meetings. Images of the body and security cameras shows Mesa officers about the treatment of a teenager who was arrested May 17 on suspicion of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The footage shows officers the curse of the youth and seizing the collar of his T-shirt tightly around his neck.
In the other case, the video shows Mesa officers punching a 33-year-old man, as he stands against a wall on May 23. Seven officers placed on administrative leave with pay — two in the toe of the arrest, and five in the case of Johnson.