Mesa Police Culture Has to Change, the Brutality Must Stop
• Robert Johnson files lawsuit (May 8, 2019)
• Statement from the African American Christian Clergy Coalition regarding the Scottsdale Police/Maricopa County Attorney decision to not file charges against Mesa Police for Robert Johnson beating (August 31, 2018)
• FBI launches civil-rights violations investigations into 3 Mesa police use-of-force cases (August 29, 2018/azcentral.com)
• Mesa police officers in excessive-force investigation won’t face charges, police say (August 27, 2018/azcentral.com)
Beating Victim, Representatives Speak Out During June 7 News Conference
Submitted by Maddie Mosley, PhxSoul.TV Reporter
Although Robert Johnson was too emotional to say much during the June 7 news conference at New Beginnings Christian Church in Mesa, the message stemming from his attorney and his many community supporters is loud and clear … “this police culture has to change!”
Please watch our Video Report to get caught up on the latest news regarding the brutal attack on Johnson by Mesa police officers on May 23.
Attorney Benjamin Taylor ensures that he, pastor Andre Miller and attorney Joel Robbins are doing everything possible to get Johnson the justice he deserves. Taylor said he is considering filing a notice of claim which is required before suing a government entity such as the City of Mesa and/or the Mesa Police Department.
Since the May 23 incident, the police officers involved have been released on paid leave.
Police Chief Ramon Batista, still fairly new and having held his position for less than a year, knows that these acts are unacceptable. He wants to work towards change and ending this Mesa police culture.
PhxSoul.com will continue to follow this story and bring you the important updates!