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Man taken down by police in viral video has no memory of event

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MESA, Ariz. -

Video of a man being tackled by a Mesa Police officer -- an off-duty officer -- and a security guard made headlines. The video went viral.

Now, we are hearing from that suspect at the center of it all.

The Mesa Police Department says its officers did nothing wrong and followed protocol in trying to get this man into custody.

So what does the suspect have to say about what happened? We went behind bars to find out.

This is how we last saw Matatangi Sentituli Tai. This is how he looks like today -- behind bars in stripes -- and apparently oblivious to his violent confrontation with Mesa Police.

"What do you mean did I fight with police? Why do you ask me that? Did you see something happen out there?"

It was a confrontation caught on tape by both a bystander and by the Mesa Police officer wearing a camera on his glasses.

Tai was completely unaware that video of the confrontation had gone viral on the internet.

Tai: "Can I see the video of what happened?"

Police were initially called to the Circle K on Center and McKellips because Tai had been milling around and wouldn't leave.

When the Mesa officer asked him to leave, he refused -- rambling on about being there to get his prescriptions -- and at one point took a swing at the officer, which escalated the incident.

"I went to the store looking for something and the police officer talked to me and I talked to him and he pulled the trigger and I talked to him and I ended up here," he said.

He has obvious signs from the struggle. Scratches and scabs on his arms and his head. But for the ten minutes he sat before our cameras, Tai was confused, lucid at times, and struggled to recall any details about that day.

Tai: "This is a police officer? You sure? Did something happen over there?"

Both officers suffered minor injuries and cuts. Tai was arrested and faces a number of charges including resisting arrest.

Related story: Video shows Mesa Police take down suspect: Was it excessive?

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