Four Arizona police officers are on leave after violently beating Robert Johnson.
On Tuesday, the Mesa Police Department in Arizona released a surveillance video footage showing a group of Mesa police officers beating an unarmed man responding to a call at an apartment complex.
The 15-minute video of the incident, which took place May 23, shows four police officers investigating a 33-year-old man named Robert Johnson as he stands near a railing on the upper floor of an apartment complex. The police officers are punching and kneeing the man and at one point slamming his head into an elevator door.
On May 23rd the officers responded to a 911 call from a local apartment complex. They arrived to find Erick Reyes and Robert Johnson. Officers behaved calmly with Reyes and investigated him but their behavior with Robert Johnson became very harsh when he didn’t sit down after being told.
The chief of Mesa Police Department Ramon Batista told the news reporter on Tuesday night that he didn’t know about the incident until a civilian sent the surveillance video to the police department. Batista said that he released the video to the public because he wanted to be transparent about the incident and provide more context that would be left out if the video were posted anonymously online. The four police officers involved were placed on immediate leave pending an investigation, he added.
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