April 5, 2014
The Tucson police officer who was caught on video brutally pummeling a female student as she walked innocuously near the campus of the University of Arizona has been identified as Joel Mann, according to local ABC affiliate KGUN.
The thuggish incident occurred on Saturday as packed bars near campus slowly cleared out after the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team lost a thrilling overtime game.
Mann, a sergeant with 18 years of experience, was one of a legion of officers deployed in full, pseudo-military riot gear. He wore a helmet and face shield.
The woman had neither a helmet nor a face shield. She was wearing shorts.
Tucson’s police department has reassigned Mann after a large number of anonymous threats were made against him, reports the Daily Mail.