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Black Lives Matter Planning Protest Outside Mesa PD

June 08, 2018  | 

Black Lives Matter announced on Facebook that they will rally at Mesa police headquarters in response to two recent events that have come under criticism for excessive force.

Recently released video reportedly showed Mesa police officers punching a man named Robert Johnson at an apartment complex, according to ABC15. Three officers and a sergeant are on administrative leave while the department investigates that incident.

Days later, the arrest of a 15-year-old armed robbery suspect was called into question. Mesa PD has launched an internal investigation and placed two of the officers involved on administrative leave.

Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista posted a statement on Twitter saying, “The events seen this week are unacceptable for a police department with our grand stature. We are at a critical time in the organization. We have lost our way in this arena. You deserve the best!”


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LAHeat @ 6/8/2018 4:55 PM

“Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista posted a statement on Twitter saying, ‘The events seen this week are unacceptable for a police department with our grand stature. We are at a critical time in the organization. We have lost our way in this arena. You deserve the best!”

Lost your way? Well, I guess there is no need for an investigation since the chief has already made up his mind about the actions of his officers. And the officer’s deserve better too! A better chief that is.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/8/2018 7:19 PM

BLM sure got to this chief. Wonder what he got in return for that statement!

kevcopaz @ 6/9/2018 6:50 PM

This "Chief" selected from Tucson PD VERY liberal and "culturally afraid" non aggressive P.D. and he has NO backing with Mesa PD. Tucson Union was "glad you got him" and he owes his position to the Mayor and Council, no ownership or loyalty to Mesa PD. I was disturbed by what I saw on the video but as a real cop and investigator (unlike this Chief) I will keep my "opinion' (thats all he has) about this until the investigation is completed. Not only did he toss these cops under the bus, he also changed direction on 2 others officers ref. an unrelated incident where they used appropriate force on a "youth".There was an investigation on going within normal guidelines but after this incident the chief reached back and suspended them to cover his liberal buns as if these two cops were bad as well. He is a knee jerk liberal non enforcement type Chief and he will ruin a fine PD that is already understaffed. We here in Mesa will get a non enforcement, zero moral PD and in the end higher crime!

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