BLACK MAN VIOLATED THE ALWAYS BOW DOWN TO PUBLIC RULERS RULE. From [HERE] Scottsdale police said Monday that no charges will be filed against five Mesa police officers who were accused of excessive force when they beat a 35-year-old man nearly unconscious during a May arrest.
The case was one of two excessive force investigations conducted by Scottsdale police at the request of Mesa police Chief Ramon Batista. The case had embroiled the Mesa Police Department in controversy when the chief released security camera footage that shows five police officers either punch, knee or pull Robert Johnson to the ground.
Scottsdale police said investigators presented the case to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and that prosecutors agreed with their findings.
"Based on the totality of the circumstances and all of the evidence in this case, our final determination is that no criminal charges are warranted against the involved officers as the use of force was legally authorized and justified under Arizona State Law," a Scottsdale police statement says.
Benjamin Taylor, the lawyer for Johnson, said he was unhappy with the decision not to charge the officers.
"This is a sad day for the people of Arizona. When officers can get away with assaulting citizens, people in our community will lose trust in them and our justice system," Taylor said in a statement.
Mesa police said in a statement on Monday that the five officers are currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation, which will determine if the officers violated any department policies.
"We wish to thank the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the Scottsdale Police Department for conducting the investigation into this incident," the statement says. "Currently, the officers remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the Mesa Police Department’s internal investigation as a result, our department cannot discuss this matter in greater detail at this time."
Scottsdale police's announcement comes just a week after the county attorney announced that two other Mesa officers wouldn't face charges in another excessive-force investigation.
That case involved a 15-year-old boy who was arrested in connection with an armed robbery May 16.