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

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.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.