County Attorney Won't Pursue Charges Against Mesa Police Officers In Use Of Force Incident

By Jimmy Jenkins
Published: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 6:23pm

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is not recommending charges against two Mesa Police Officers for allegedly using excessive force.

The Scottsdale Police Department investigated a May 16 incident involving two Mesa Police officers and an armed robbery suspect.

While the suspect was restrained in handcuffs, the officers used a mandibular pressure point — which involves applying pressure behind the ear on the back of the jaw.

In their investigation, Scottsdale Police reviewed body camera footage, witness statements and an interview with the suspect.

The investigation found the force was applied during the arrest while officers were attempting to look for a weapon, which is permitted by Arizona law.

The county attorney’s office said in light of the findings, there were be no reasonable likelihood of a conviction for aggravated assault.