By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Amaurie Johnson, courtesy of Ken Stone, Times of San Diego
July 10, 2020 (La Mesa) – Today, the city of La Mesa announced that an external investigation has been completed into a controversial incident that occurred May27 involved a La Mesa Police officer and Amaurie Johnson. The result of the external investigation has been forwarded to LMPD Chief Walt Vasquez for his review and a determination on what action if any will be taken.
No further details were provided and the report has not been made public.
Johnson was initially charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest, but charges were dropped after police body camera footage and a viral video failed to substantiate the officer’s allegation. Video showed the officer grabbing Johnson’s shirt and Johnson putting up a hand in response, briefly brushing his fingers against the officer.
LMPD indicated that Johnson had earlier been stopped for smoking in public, but no smoking materials were found in his possession.