Three Mesa Police officers and a sergeant are under investigation after surveillance video first surfaced of them punching suspect Robert Johnson. Today the department released bodycam video showing the encounter and officers ordering Johnson to sit down, when he does not comply he's hit repeatedly. A police report states an officer on the video says Johnson's body language indicated he was going to attack them. "In that position Johnson not only had lateral mobility, but also a strong base in the wall to fight off of," the report continued "I recognized this from combative training I have received in the past which boasts on the necessity of putting a wall to your back when confronted with multiple opponents."
The officer in the report also refereed to the breathing of Robert Johnson and how it became "shallower and intentional."
The officer described his first strikes to Johnson's face as " hard strikes in order to distract Johnson from the take-down efforts, I delivered three to four half strength closed fist strikes to the left side of Johnson's jaw line."
When he continued to hit Johnson the officer saying "I then delivered a right elbow strike to Johnson's face which landed flush on his forehead" saying that he used the force to distract him from attacking police.
Watch the body camera footage below.