n amateur video surfaced on Youtube this morning which caught Mesa Police Department, their undercover unit on the 44th Street block and Broadway - strike a man several times over that was on the pavement. In the video we can see that the gentleman is restrained without being violent, and undercover officers continue to smacker his head into the ground, while striking his face. The poster of video name is Dustin Fairchild.
Troop Watcher has also spoke with Mesa Police Media Relations, Sgt. Tony Landato, and he has indicated the incident stimulated from a call police received about a stolen check the gentleman allegedly tried to cash. At the moment, the gentleman's name is not being release, but Sgt. Tony Landato said the gentleman:
barricaded himself in a vacant building, claimed to had hostages, and a bomb.
Sgt. Landato told Troop Watcher that the gentleman received "minor injuries" from the incident, that his department is "now becoming aware of the incident, and that it's "too soon to piece together the facts." We also received more information from Sgt. Landato that the gentleman was checked into the hospital for his injuries, but "walked out." Landato further stated that as far as the undercover units conduct, "We'll hold off labeling it as excessive force." He has told Troop Watcher that with an incident such as the one that stemmed today on 44th street, he needs to get more background because it's too "premature to comment." In June 2013, Mesa police has previously been accused of unreasonable and excessive force of a gentleman named Matatangi Sentituli Tai.
UPDATE: We just received comment from Mr. Fairchild about the incident and he has stated, "I was simply driving to work when Police cars pulled around suddenly at this intersection in front of me. I decided I should record the event that was taking place so I could raise awareness of how the police officers were working. "
Dustin Fairchild, the poster of the video says, "At this time I am trying to raise awareness. I have been in contact with CNN. I am also attempting to bring this to local news stations as well."