Man says 'I was the victim of a brutal assault' by Mesa officers

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A man who was seen on video being mocked by Mesa police officers following a violent arrest is telling his side of the story.

Jose Luis Conde, 23, flanked on one side by his lawyer and on the other side by his mother, Rosa, spoke out Thursday about the incident that is drawing more attention to the Mesa Police Department's use of force policy. The policy has already been under scrutiny after other recent violent arrests caught on camera.

"I was the victim of a brutal assault at the hands of Mesa police officers," said Conde in Thursday's news conference. "I was searched. I was thrown to the ground. I was heaved into a wall. I was tased, I was punched over and over by multiple cops. I was gouged in the eye, I was hit in the head with a massive police flashlight."

[WATCH: New video: Mesa PD officers mock suspect at hospital following violent arrest]

The newly released video appears to show officers roughing up Conde and mocking him at the hospital. In the videos, officers work to hog tie Conde after police said he resisted arrest. Police said he was kicking his feet. Conde can be heard saying "I can't breathe" with the officers on top of him.

[VIDEO: Questionable video released shows arrest involving Mesa PD]

Conde was then taken to the hospital. In one of the videos, he was seen bloody and on the ground. An officer mocks him and other officers laugh.

"Be a man," an officer could be heard saying. "Man up."

[SPECIAL SECTION: Mesa PD use of force]

According to court documents, it all started when Conde was a passenger in a car that was pulled over on Jan. 28, 2018 near Baseline and Sossaman roads.

Police asked him to get out of the car due to his history of drug and gun crimes, and the area was known for drug and violent crimes. While being searched, police said they found bags of cocaine in his sock. In court documents, the officer said he felt Conde was going to attack him so he took him to the ground.

Police said Conde ignored orders from officers to stop resisting. Police said he also pushed and shoved the officers. 

Two officers suffered scrapes to their hands, elbows and knees, according to court documents.

A couple of more bags of cocaine were found just outside the car.

Conde was taken to the hospital, where police said he tried to escape after being cleared by medical staff and when the handcuffs were off him. He ran past two officers but was caught in the hallway, police said. That's where body camera video shows his face a bloody mess.

"After all this, they laughed," Conde said Thursday. "They laughed at me while I lay in a pool of my own blood, barely conscious. This is no laughing matter.I had to have my ears sewn back on. I had to have my head stapled back together."

"When officers act like this, it causes citizens to question the integrity of other good officers," said Conde's attorney Thursday. "They violated the trust of the community; they violated the trust of fellow officers."

"And what happens to these guys? Nothing," Conde said. "They don't get charged with anything. They just go back to their jobs and they possibly do this to other people and that's unacceptable."

Conde was booked on two counts of aggravated assault on police, resisting arrest with physical force, resisting arrest risk of injury, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug for sale and second-degree escape felony in custody.

Conde's past convictions reportedly include having a gun while being a minor in 2009, shoplifting and DUI in 2013, driving on a suspended license in 2014, having drug paraphernalia and aggravated DUI in 2015.

The video comes just over a week since Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista announced policy changes to the department following two incidents of police using force that some considered questionable. 

[RELATED: Mesa police investigate use of force policy]

The first was surveillance video from an apartment complex that showed police officers getting violent with an unarmed man who refused to sit down. Four officers and one sergeant were placed on leave.

[RAW VIDEO: Original surveillance video with body-cam sound of Mesa police officers punching and hitting man]

A couple of days later, police released video and said two officers were on leave following the arrested of a teen armed robbery suspect.

[READ MORE: Mesa PD: 2 officers on leave due to use of force investigation involving teen]

"My hope is that my case can bring meaningful change to the Mesa Police Department," Conde said.

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