429 Bodycam Shows Mesa Police Officer Punching a Suspect And Later Mocking The Man
Newly-released body camera video of a January arrest appears to show a Mesa police officer punching a suspect during a struggle and later mocking the man while he is on the ground and bloody at the hospital. The incident is the latest in a string of confrontations between Mesa officers and suspects that earlier this month prompted an investigation into the department's use-of-force policies. The January 28 incident reportedly started when police pulled over a driver for suspected DUI near Baseline and Sossaman roads. According to police documents, a Mesa officer believed the passenger, Jose Conde, was acting suspiciously, so he had the 23-year-old exit the vehicle for a pat down. Police say Conde resisted arrest and got into a scuffle with officers after something was found in his sock. Three small plastic baggies found in the sock were later discovered to contain cocaine, reports indicate. Body camera video obtained from Conde’s attorney appears to show several punches being thrown by a Mesa officer, as others tried to handcuff Conde. According to another officer's report, the 23-year-old "continued to kick and flail" and "refused to follow commands" prompting crews to "take him to the ground."