Suspect in video of beating by Arizona police sees prices dismissed (News)


Costs towards an Arizona man, whose case gained nationwide consideration after a video displaying him being repeatedly punched and kneed by law enforcement officials went viral, have been dismissed.

A movement filed Wednesday by Mesa metropolis prosecutor John Belatti — on behalf of Robert Johnson, 35, who had been charged with disorderly conduct and hindering police — requested that the fees be dropped with out prejudice “within the curiosity of justice,” the Arizona Republic reported.

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Municipal Choose Elizabeth P. Arriola authorized the movement Thursday.

Benjamin Taylor, a lawyer for Johnson, known as the fees “false and drummed up” and informed the paper his consumer was “happy” to see them dropped.

In video of the Might 23 incident, officers from the Mesa Police Division might be heard telling Johnson — who was leaning towards a wall — to take a seat “all the way in which down” earlier than police swarm him and beat him till he drops to the ground.

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Whereas handcuffed with officers holding him down, Johnson might be heard swearing and asking police, “Did it really feel good placing your arms on me whereas I’m subdued?”

5 of the officers have been positioned on depart whereas one other police division investigates the incident, in accordance with the paper.

Mesa police Chief Ramon Batista has known as for a number of investigations into incidents stemming from officers utilizing extreme power over the previous three years, the paper reported.

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On Wednesday, the Republic additionally reported {that a} separate bodycam video reveals Mesa law enforcement officials punching a person named Jose Luis Conde, and later telling him to “man up” as he lay in a pool of blood at a hospital. 

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Observe him on Twitter @bdbrown473.


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