Four Arizona police officers captured on video violently beating an unarmed man have been placed on leave.
On Tuesday, the Mesa Police Department released surveillance video footage showing a group of Mesa police officers beating 33-year-old Robert Johnson after responding to call at an apartment complex.
The 15-minute clip, which took place May 23, shows the four officers investigating Johnson as he stands near a railing on the upper floor of an apartment complex. The officers are punching and kneeing the man and at one point slamming his head into an elevator door.
Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista said, “The things that he said and him leaning against the wall made the officers feel as though they needed to have him sit down. When he didn’t sit down, they applied force to have him sit down.”
Chief Batista told KPHO-TV the department is interviewing everyone involved and wants answers. “I am disappointed in what I saw.”
Johnson was charged with disorderly conduct.