Witness: Mesa police used excessive force at Valley light rail station

Posted at 5:54 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 13:51:02-04

A Valley man is asking for answers after witnessing what he described as an excessive force incident involving Mesa police.

The bystander recently shot video of an incident involving two Mesa police officers at the light rail station at Main Street and Sycamore.

The man says the incident started as a domestic dispute between a man and a woman, but quickly escalated when authorities arrived.

“She started slapping him, hitting him from the back and in the face, and people told her to leave him alone,” the witness described.

A Valley Metro security guard and Mesa police intervened. In the video, the woman is seen moving aggressively towards the officer before being thrown to the ground.

“The train was coming — she could have got run over, you know,” the bystander said.

ABC15 reached out to Mesa police for a statement regarding the incident. They confirmed that they were called to the area after receiving reports of a domestic dispute, but would not comment on the video.

According to Mesa police, they'll release a comment once their investigation is complete:

As you know, we just received the request and information a few hours ago. The basic information is that the officers were responding to a citizen report of a domestic violence incident occurring at the platform. We are in the process of reviewing all the information surrounding the case and can provide comment upon completion of the review. 

Valley Metro says the train’s operator saw the incident on the platform while approaching and stopped prior to reaching the station. They confirmed that the woman was not in harms way.