Black Lives Matter Mesa Protest Draws Small Crowd

Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista holds press conference on Friday to discuss excessive use of force questions.

Approximately 30 protesters gathered in front of the Mesa Police Department headquarters Friday night in response to allegations of excessive force used in two recent arrests. Black Lives Matter has organized the protest which included a march down Main Street.

The protest followed a press conference by Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista in which he discussed two separate arrests caught on cameras.

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During the arrest of Robert Johnson at a Mesa apartment complex, officers are seen punching Johnson. One sergeant and four officers were placed on leave while the incident is investigated.

On Thursday video footage of an arrest that occurred on May 17 was made public. In that incident, police were called to investigate an armed robbery and arrested a 15-year-old suspect. An internal investigation of the teen’s arrest for multiple counts, including armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was launched and two officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Mesa Mayor John Giles called the incidents “unsettling for this community.” He called the videos “alarming and deeply disturbing.”

Giles “applauded the immediate and decisive action taken by Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista.”

4 Comments on "Black Lives Matter Mesa Protest Draws Small Crowd"

  1. The Oracle of Tucson | June 11, 2018 at 2:13 am |

    Without the chocolate Jesus fanning the national fires of racial hatred it seems even the Soros funds are drying up for regional paid protesting mobs.

    The Oracle

  2. When BLM cares about the blacks living on the plantation that don’t want an education, job or be anything other than an drain on society, then I might listen. Until then, STFU.

  3. All lives matter, especially the unborn killed at Abortion Mills.

  4. 30 people out of more than 3 million valley residents……. This Mesa chief is an idiot, and the mayor needs to be voted out.

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