Body cam video released of encounter with Mesa PD that left grandma hospitalized

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The Mesa Police Department released body camera video of when officers forced a woman to the ground and she ended up in the hospital.  (Source: Mesa Police Department) The Mesa Police Department released body camera video of when officers forced a woman to the ground and she ended up in the hospital. (Source: Mesa Police Department)
The two vides were released on Wednesday but heavily blurred to protect the woman's identity. (Source: Mesa Police Department) The two vides were released on Wednesday but heavily blurred to protect the woman's identity. (Source: Mesa Police Department)
Police saw that she was hurt and said firefighters should look at the "bump on her head." (Source: Mesa Police Department) Police saw that she was hurt and said firefighters should look at the "bump on her head." (Source: Mesa Police Department)
She ended up with bruises on her head, her arms and her right leg. (Source: Mesa Police Department) She ended up with bruises on her head, her arms and her right leg. (Source: Mesa Police Department)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5/AP) -

The Mesa Police Department released blurred body camera video of an incident with an 84-year-old woman earlier this month that left her with bruises.

The two videos were released on Wednesday but were heavily blurred to protect the woman's identity.

[RAW VIDEO 1: Mesa PD released body cam video from 1 officer of encounter with grandmother]

Police showed up at her house on Valentine's Day because of reports of a suicidal man with a gun, who was her son.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Grandmother bruised after encounter with Mesa police officers]

Body camera shows police repeating over a loudspeaker that no one was in trouble and that they were there to help.

The video shows the woman coming out of the house but staying away from the officers.

"Ma'am, we need you to come out to us," one of the officers said.

[RAW VIDEO 2: Mesa PD released body cam video from different officer of encounter with grandmother]

It was raining at the time and she didn't appear to want to be outside.

"We can't hear you. Does your son have a gun?" an officer asked.

She said no but officers continue to ask her to come toward them so they can talk to her.

The woman does, but police say it appears she tried to go back in the house. Police said she wasn't following commands. The video shows an officer pulling her arm as she tries to walk away and there's a scuffle. The woman is taken to the ground.

"What are you doing!?" the woman screams.

The officers put her in handcuffs.

"You are being detained because you are not following directions," the officer said.

Police saw that she was hurt and said firefighters should look at the "bump on her head."

She ended up with bruises on her head, her arms and her right leg and was taken to the hospital.

Police said they detained the suicidal man and was transported for evaluation.

Today, Mesa Police detective Steve Berry explained, "The ultimate goal is to keep her safe. In 8 weeks, 8 people killed in murder-suicides here in Mesa. Our goal was to get her out of harms way. Unfortunately in this case, we ended the situation where she ended up going to the ground and suffering some bruises and injuries."

Friends of the Mesa grandmother  told AZ Family she's very sweet and wouldn't harm anyone.

The woman's daughter said in a 911 call her 84-year-old mom just had a stroke and was very fragile.

The woman wouldn't talk to AZ Family on camera today at the advice of her out-of-state lawyers.

Tom Romanucci, one of the attorneys representing her said over the phone, after reviewing the officer's body camera footage, he claimed Mesa PD officers involved showed a "use of excessive force" and "improperly de-escalated the situation." He added his client was no harm to herself or any officers on scene.

He explained his client is "emotionally distraught" and what officers did to her was "unlawful."

He also alleges Mesa Police assaulted her.

“As we delve into our investigation of the events, our top priority is to support the victim and her family. It is imperative that our police officers be trained in and recognize situations that call for appropriate de-escalation techniques where citizens are not a threat of bodily harm to police officers or others. Mistreatment of Mesa’s residents from police officers, especially the elderly and those with disabilities, should never be tolerated. Our goal is to ensure proper police training and procedures are in place and stringently followed going forward,” said Antonio M. Romanucci, Principal and Partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC.

Right now, Romanucci is requesting more information from Mesa PD before deciding what to do next.

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