MESA, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Mesa's police department chief is speaking out, after a probe by Scottsdale Police into a use of force incidents that happened in May 2018 is complete.
The first incident happened on May 17. According to police spokesperson Nik Rasheta, officers were investigating an armed robbery and located a 15-year-old suspect who was later arrested and charged with multiple offenses. Mesa Police released a video of the incident. In the video, which was laced with profanity, officers tried to gain control of the suspect, who they say was thrashing and pulling his arms away. Police say they applied pressure behind the teen's left ear, as an officer continue to ask where the gun was located.
The teen, whose face was blurred in the video, was heard in the video yelling out in pain.
In the other incident, which Mesa Police officials say happened on May 23, Officers were called to the 700 block of W. Main in regards to a domestic disturbance incident with a firearm in the apartment. A roughly one-minute video shows a man standing on a ledge, and towards the end of the video, multiple punches were thrown before the man was wrestled to the floor.
According to Mesa Police, officers were called to the scene after a female caller said that her ex-boyfriend was at the apartment with a second male subject, and was trying to force his way into the apartment. When officers arrived, they detained both male subjects. The ex-boyfriend was identified as Erick Reyes, and the other man was identified as Robert Johnson. According to the statement, the use of force incident happened during police contact with Johnson.
On Friday, Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista said three independent investigations were initiated on the incidents.
"Regarding the use of force incidents that were reported last May, the Scottsdale Police Department has completed those independent criminal investigations. After consulting with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, their investigations resulted in no violations of criminal law by the officers involved in the incidents," Chief Batista wrote.
Chief Batista also wrote that based on "extensive and comprehensive" reviews by the department's Professional Standards Division that was given independent oversight by former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, officers involved in the incidents will face "varying degrees of discipline". Chief Batista said the discipline does not include termination, but did not go into detail on what the discipline actually entail, citing state law that prevents commenting on the details until potential appeals have run their course.