Arizona officers disciplined for on-camera beating


(KPNX/NBC News) – Four Mesa, Arizona police officers have been disciplined for their role in a May 2018 beating that was caught on camera.

Officers repeatedly punched Robert Johnson, eventually knocking him unconscious, while responding to a break-in call at a Mesa apartment building. 

Johnson was not the suspect. He had been asked to sit down by officers, but leaned against a wall instead. That’s when the punches were thrown.

Officer Rudy Monarrez was given a written reprimand for violating the police code of conduct. Lt. Timothy Wahlberg was given “non-discipline” corrective action. Both have returned to their jobs.

Two others, Officers Ernesto Calderon and Jhonte Jones, are appealing their discipline.

Johnson’s attorney, Benjamin Taylor, says the discipline is not enough, and all four officers should be fired.

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