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Mesa officers to be disciplined in excessive-force case

Posted at 12:01 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 15:01:17-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Multiple Arizona police officers will face discipline for repeatedly punching and kneeing a man before pulling him to the ground.

The Arizona Republic reports Mesa police spokeswoman Irene Mahoney says one officer was given a written reprimand for violating the department's code of conduct, while a lieutenant sustained a "non-discipline corrective action."

Both men have since returned to their full duties.

The announcement comes nearly a year after Mesa officers punched and kneed 35-year-old Robert Johnson in May 2018 as he stood in the hallway of an apartment complex.

The incident was captured on a surveillance camera, and then publicly released by Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista.

Mahoney could not comment on the recommended discipline against the other two officers because they have both filed appeals in response to the decision.