GoFundMe page

Racist Thug Police Department Outs Itself

An unarmed Black man was once again the target of police brutality when he didn’t heed a request from a police officer. This time Not sitting down when asked.


Four officers from the department in Mesa, Ariz., are on paid leave after the chief publicized surveillance footage of the incident.

This is hardly the Mesa Police Department’s first brush with excessive force complaints. But in other cases, it’s civilians who publicize the footage not the department itself.

The surveillance video has no audio, but separate bodycam footage was also released, some parts of which has audio.

Officers tell a man, identified as 33-year-old Robert Johnson, to sit down.

Have a seat, I ain’t gonna tell you again, have a seat,” an officer says.

Johnson’s demeanor does not appear menacing, and he makes no sudden movements. But he remains standing. A circle of cops surrounds Johnson, who is standing near a wall. He slowly begins leaning on the wall. He holds his phone up near his ear. As he lowers the phone, he begins to lean on the wall.

All the way down, all the way down,” a cop is heard saying.

Dude, they told you to sit your ass down,” an officer says.

That’s when the attack begins.

Police repeatedly punch Johnson in the face, grab his neck and curse at him.

Sit your a** down, mother***er.”

See what happens”

Officers cover Johnson’s face with a white cloth and them carry him into the elevator by his arms and legs.

Chief Ramon Batista said he chose to release the evidence to provide context for the situation.

The context” is all too familiar, though. A Black man targeted by police officers whose only weapon was a phone.

The Mesa Police Department has a history of violence, which no context” can justify.

In February the department slammed an 84-year-old woman down on the asphalt, rendering her unconscious. The woman, a grandmother who was recovering from her fourth stroke, was left bloodied and bruised. Officers told the woman’s family she slipped” and fell. Only through bodycam footage not officer accountability did the truth come out.

In 2016 an officer shot and killed Daniel Shaver, an unarmed 26-year-old who video footage shows was on his knees and pleading for his life. He was unarmed. Former Officer Philip Mitch” Brailsford said he thought Shaver was reaching for a gun. He was found not guilty by a jury. The footage was not released until after Brailsford was acquitted.

Latest News

Parents protest over Critical Race Theory education in schools

Florida Legislature Issues Initial Approval of Bill That Would Prohibit White ‘Discomfort’ During Black History Education

Even though the Florida Department of Education has already banned the classroom teaching of Critical Race Theory, lawmakers in the state are attempting to go even further, passing a law to protect whites’ “feelings” during education dealing with Black history.  Amy Simonson of CNN reported that a bill backed by…

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell Under Fire for Claiming Black Americans Are Not ‘Americans’

As the battle to protect voting rights continues in the nation’s capital — sadly with little success — veteran politician and minority leader of the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, has come under fire for a statement he made that implied Black Americans were not “full” Americans. Bruce Schreiner of The…

Toyota Earns the Most R&D Patents Among Automakers in IPO Rankings for 8th Consecutive Year

Originally published at pressroom.toyota.com. Toyota ranked No. 7 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded Toyota more patents than any other automaker in 2021, according to an annual ranking by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Toyota’s engineers…

Wells Fargo Announces New Initiative To Help Customers Avoid Overdraft Fees and Meet Short-Term Cash Needs

Originally published at newsroom.wf.com. Wells Fargo ranked No. 25 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   Wells Fargo announced new efforts to limit overdraft-related fees and give customers more flexible options to meet their personal financial needs. These offerings, which include earlier access to direct deposits,…