Newly released bodycam footage has revealed the shocking moment an Arizona police officer mocked an unarmed suspect as he lay bleeding on a hospital floor.
The footage captured an unidentified Mesa Police Department officer laughing as Jose Luis Conde, 23, was treated by hospital workers in a pool of his own blood.
‘Awww,’ the officer said in mock concern. ‘You gotta be a man, man up,’ he tells Conde.
The footage, obtained by The Arizona Republic, also shows a violent scuffle between Conde and another officer, who repeatedly punched him during the arrest.
Newly released bodycam footage has revealed the shocking moment Arizona police officers (pictured) laughed and mocked an unarmed suspect as he lay bleeding on a hospital floor
One officer shone his flashlight down on the suspect as another office (who is not pictured) told him he had to ‘man up’ and that ‘You gotta be a man’
The incident began when Officer Matthew Harris pulled over a vehicle whose headlights were off on January 28.
Edwin Cabanillas, 19, was driving and arrested on suspicion of a DUI. Conde was in the passenger seat and Harris asked him to step out of the car.
Conde consented to being searched by Harris, who said he felt something in the man’s sock.
Harris claimed Conde then ‘tensed up and turned on’ him, according to his arrest report.
‘His quick, aggressive and violent action was indicative of someone launching an assault,’ Harris wrote.
‘I reacted to his body movement by grabbing a hold of his upper body, lifting him off the ground and taking him to the ground.’
Harris claimed Conde first threw punches at him and so the officer punched him in the face.
Officer Joseph Mis also punched and elbowed Conde about four times while two other officers tried to pin him down and handcuff him, according to the police report.
Jose Conde, 23, (pictured) was being treated by hospital workers in a pool of his own blood
Harris said at one point he grabbed Conde’s body during the three-minute scuffle and claimed the man had ‘lost his footing as we made contact with a brick wall’.
A police report states that Conde was pushed into the brick wall, which caused a cut behind his right ear. Pictures of the scene show blood on the wall and a nearby fence.
The bodycam footage begins as Harris and Conde continued to scuffle on the ground.
‘Don’t be stupid, don’t kick your feet at me,’ one of the officers can be heard telling Conde.
‘What the f**k,’ Conde then screams, telling the officers he can’t breathe as he groans in pain.
‘Quit fighting,’ one officer says while another cop tells Conde to ‘eat s**t’.
The officers then took Conde to the hospital for the cut behind his ear, and he tried to escape after it was treated.
Conde ran through the emergency room while being chased by Officer Bryant Clover, according to a police report written by Officer William Roer.
Roer said he saw Clover push Conde into a wall and then saw Conde ‘fall head first through the set of double doors leading to another hallway’.
The footage also shows a violent scuffle (pictured) between Conde and another officer, who repeatedly punched him during the arrest
The footage here shows multiple officers handcuffing Conde during the scuffle
‘Officer Clover was able to grab Jose and forced him up against a nearby wall. Jose continued to struggle and was trying to pull away from Officer Clover but in the process was grabbing at Officer Clover’s gear,’ Roer wrote.
Roer said he then noticed that Conde was ‘bleeding profusely from his head’.
Conde was treated by hospital workers on the floor of one of the hallways while a group of officers circled around him and laughed.
‘Bless his little heart,’ one officer can be heard saying as he enters the area where Conde is being treated.
Conde was charged with narcotics possession after the officers found cocaine in his sock, as well as one count of escape and two counts of resisting arrest.
But Conde also faces a felony charge of aggravated assault due to the fact that Harris had cuts and scrapes on his arms, knees, and knuckles.
‘It’s really salt to the wounds, because not only did you beat him up but charge him with the injuries you sustained from beating him,’ Conde’s attorney, Bret Royle, told the newspaper.
Royle said he decided to release the videos because he wanted the public ‘to see what officers are doing behind closed doors’.
Conde likewise said he wanted to share his story to ‘alert the community of these officers and to bring about change to the culture within the Mesa Police Department’.
‘What the f**k,’ Conde can be heard saying as he tells the officers he can’t breathe. ‘Quit fighting,’ one officer says while another cop tells Conde to ‘eat s**t’
‘I am asking that something be done to stop this from happening in the future,’ he said in a statement.
‘As it now stands, several officers within Mesa’s police force have demonstrated their willingness to hold themselves above the law rather than to protect and serve it.’
Conde’s video was released just days after Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista requested that a national police research group investigate his own officers.
The investigation was spurred after two videos were released that showed Mesa officers using excessive force on suspects.
One video showed five officers kneeing and punching an unarmed man after he didn’t immediately follow orders to sit down.
Another video shows two officers roughing up a handcuffed 15-year-old armed robbery suspect.
Seven Mesa officers have since been placed on administrative leave while the two videos are under investigation.
‘Let me be crystal clear, I’m angry and I’m deeply disappointed by what I saw in those videos,’ Batista said last Friday.
‘It’s unacceptable and it needs to stop immediately. It’s essential when this community interacts with our officers they are treated with the utmost professionalism, no matter the situation.’
‘Quite honestly, that’s not what I saw in those videos and that will change.’
A Mesa police spokesman said the department was previously unaware of what happened during Conde’s arrest and is now researching the incident.
Conde’s criminal case will go to trial on July 5. Royle hopes to convince the jury to acquit Conde based on how he was treated by the officers during his arrest.