Ari­zona po­lice chief hires for­mer prose­cu­tor to re­view use of force

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The beat­ing of a 33-year-old man and the rough treat­ment of a teenager prompted the chief of a sub­ur­ban Ari­zona po­lice de­part­ment to en­list a for­mer prose­cu­tor Fri­day to in­ves­ti­gate the en­coun­ters.

Mesa Po­lice Chief Ra­mon Batista said the body cam­era footage of the two in­ci­dents last month left him “an­gry and deeply dis­ap­pointed.” He hired for­mer Mari­copa County at­tor­ney Richard M. Rom­ley to en­sure trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in the probe.

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