Bodycam Footage of Mesa Police Repeatedly Punching Man

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One day after releasing surveillance video showing several officers beating up a man, the Mesa Police Department released body cam footage showing a different view. A police report including officers’ narratives of the incident were also released Wednesday. One officer justifies the beating because of 33-year-old Robert Johnson’s body language. Officers asked Johnson to sit down. Johnson refused and instead leaned against a wall. One of the police officers took this to mean Johnson was preparing to fight, according to the police report. “Johnson then leaned with his back against the wall, but with his legs fully extended. In that position Johnson not only had lateral mobility, but also a strong base in the wall to fight off of. I recognized this from combative training I have received in the past which, boasts on the necessity of putting a wall to your back when confronted with multiple opponents.” After observing his body language, the officer decided to detain Johnson to “prevent him from formulating a strategy,” the documents reveal. In the police report, the officer continues to note what he said was threatening body language.

“Johnson’s body language was projecting he was preparing for a physical altercation. Johnson’s shoulders were bowed forward slightly and head slightly nodded… Johnson’s breathing became shallow and intentional suggesting physiologically his body was transition to fight or flight mode.” An attorney for an Arizona man whose beating by police was caught on camera says the Mesa Police Department officers should be suspended and disciplined. Four officers are on leave while the department investigates the May 23 incident in which three officers are seen punching the man, who does not appear to resist arrest. The video is from an apartment complex surveillance camera. Attorney Benjamin Taylor says his client was not a threat and had already been searched when police started punching him. Mesa police say officers were responding to a call from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend was trying to break into her apartment. The man who was punched was not the suspect.

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44 thoughts on “Bodycam Footage of Mesa Police Repeatedly Punching Man

  1. So…. Body language is a reason to get your ass beat by the police? Look 99%of the time I'm on the police side. But this was unwarranted and abusive

  2. Arizona is just full of fucking pyschopaths. what happened to that place? too much sun?

    also looks like a lot of people from Arizona in the comments… proving my theory that they have a heavy contingent of psychopaths there.

  3. as a member of the public I see no problem here on this video. I think its title is misleading. title should be more police dealing with non-compliant POS

  4. "Go over there in the corner with your back to the wall." Then they thought he was readying for a fight by putting his back to a wall? First of all, it's pretty clear to me the the officers didn't want the guy near the balcony for obvious reasons. And it sounds like he didn't have anything to do with the situation other than he was the ex-boyfriend's ride. And I get that they wanted him to sit down, they didn't know what involvement he had yet, and he SHOULD have sat down for sure. But he kicked his feet out and locked his knees and put his back against the wall, hardly what I would call much of a defensive or offensive posture, period. I get that he should have complied, but the cop's defense is bunk, and he clearly wasn't "aggressively" fighting them to a degree worthy what followed. Totally excessive.

  5. Amazing how shit can change so fast when you don't do what your told. He went up to help his friend get his bag. Next thing you know he's hog tied and going to Jail. Shit got real quick.

  6. He had such an ego, Like nobody was gonna tell him what to do, not even the Police. Glad the cops knocked his ego chip into reality.

  7. Later after this incident he said he was a God fearing man. With all that cussing he was doing?? Pussy boy this and that. I dunno. LOL

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