Controversial Ariz. arrest caught on officer's body camera
The officer's camera caught the same incident from a different point of view
By PoliceOne Staff
MESA, Ariz. — A video taken by a bystander Saturday of Mesa police arresting a resisting suspect had witnesses claiming the cops were using excessive force — but police caught the incident on camera as well.
The officer — who was called to the scene by a store owner concerned about the suspect — also caught the altercation with a camera fastened to his eyeglasses.
Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato told Fox 10 the original bystander video only gives a one-side view without any background.
Police say they were concerned for the safety of other people around that day, because the on-duty officer’s TASER was thrown during the altercation, as was an off-duty officer’s gun.
The suspect in the incident, Matatangi Sentituli Tai, is being held on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, criminal trespass and criminal damage. Both officers suffered minor injuries.
Landato confirmed that the screeching noise heard in the background was a car accident involving the off-duty officer and a woman, and it caused no injuries, according to the article.