Just before midnight on May 23, 33-year-old Robert Johnson was at an apartment complex with his friend Erick Reyes in Mesa, Arizona. According to reports, Reyes was trying to enter the apartment complex and his ex-girlfriend called 911 saying he was attempting to “break in” to her home. When police arrived, they told Reyes to sit down. According to AZ Central, the officers claim, “An officer approached Johnson in the video and patted him down to ensure that he was not armed. When other officers arrived, after the pat-down, they commanded Johnson to sit down but he refused — and that’s when they punched him repeatedly.” He was beaten until he was unconscious.
Johnson was then “charged with disorderly conduct and hindering,” ABC 15 reported. According to Johnson’s lawyers, there was no resisting or refusing, and if you watch the video, officers attack Johnson within seconds of talking to him.
To make matters worse, the thugs acted as if it did not happen. They never said a word, but surveillance footage leaked and Chief Ramon Batista claims he just became aware of the video last week. He told ABC 15, “This in no way represents the whole work that is done every day. They’re human beings and certainly at first glance, this looks like a mistake.” Human beings? A mistake? This is not a human mistake, these are savage thugs who are wildly beating a man because they can.
As of now, the three officers who were assaulting Johnson have been placed on administrative leave when they clearly should be fired and have criminal charges filed against them. Johnson’s lawyer released the following statement, which read in part, “Mr. Johnson was sitting peacefully against a wall when the assault began. He did not resist. The misconduct of these officers would have gone unnoticed if it had not been captured by surveillance videos at the apartment complex where the assault occurred.” The statement continued, “We hope and pray that the Mesa Police Department will accept responsibility for the misconduct of these officers. Mesa must take concrete steps to ensure that culpable officers are disciplined, retrained, or dismissed.” Johnson’s attorneys will hold a press conference this Thursday.
Watch the disturbing video below:
URGENT: These @MesaPD Officers need to be arrested & charged immediately.
33 year old Robert Johnson was not just unarmed & non-violent, he never committed a crime. They literally gave him a ticket after knocking him out.
22. Scenes From The Demonstration Against Racism At Starbucks
The protest is growing outside the @Starbucks. The woman on the right in the red shirt is 90 years old and told a story about her father who died when she was 9 as a result of racial profiling and police brutality. pic.twitter.com/DxQb5OYtSG
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Activists Protest Racial Profiling, Arrests Of Black People In Starbucks
Black Lives Matter activists called for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee chain just days after an employee called the police to arrest two Black men inside a Philadelphia location were not buying anything and wouldn't leave. Despite a number of factors that should have convinced police to show discretion and restraint -- the men were not armed; they were not violent; they did not resist arrest; the White man who they were meeting yelled at the police that the men did nothing wrong; a bystander filmed the entire episode on video -- then men were still taken into custody Thursday.
The video has since gone viral.
The first of what is expected to be many protests took place April 14 at the Starbucks location in question.