Matangi Tai, Man Shown in Video Fighting with Mesa Cops, Dies in MCSO Custody

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Matangi Tai, being held at Taser-point by a Mesa police officer on May 30.


Matangi Tai, the man who was the subject of a recent viral video showing purported "brutality" by Mesa cops, died Monday at the Fourth Avenue Jail.

Tai, 37, collapsed during his daily hour of recreation time, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez says a preliminary view of surveillance tapes don't show any signs of Tai being in an altercation.

He adds that Tai had access to the air-conditioned jail through an open door and also had access to water at this time.

There will be an investigation into his death.

Earlier this year, while Tai was supposed to stand trial for another charge of assaulting a Mesa police officer, a judge instead had him committed to a mental-health facility.

A person in contact with Tai's family tells us today that Tai had been on a variety of medications for mental and physical ailments before he was incarcerated.

Tai had gained some media attention for the below video, of his second scuffle with Mesa cops, on May 30.


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2wheeljunkie
2wheeljunkie

Why was he being arrested in the first place?

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

Another "accident/death" in JOKE"s gullags, dam, those R very unsafe places, one more reason 4 the Feds to come and place MCSO under Receivership, and close that "concentration camp" called tent city.

Could it B that Arpayaso adviced his "goon squad" to "teach a lesson" to Mr. Matangi not to "mess" with fellow LEOs. I think the best thing to do is ask Jaffy, since it seems that he has inside knowledge of those gullags and he's so aften saying: "let see if U say that to Joe's face in a 6x9 cell", I wonder if JOKE would call his goons to deal with the immate, probably causing the "acciden/death".

I hope that a thorough investigation is conducted by an independent source, - is time 4 the DOJ 2 step in-otherwise its just going 2 B swept under the rug, like so many B4 this 1......whoever was involved in that "accident/death" probably will B promoted and back on bussiness as usual. JUSTICE.MUST PREVAIL.

TaahineTonga
TaahineTonga

Wth? whats wrong with these cops?? Foi Elo mo'oni! Matangi didn't do anything to deserve this ! These cops are just stupid in the head !

Barbie MacBride
Barbie MacBride

Simple solution : when a cop says stop or get down YOU DO IT. As for the Mexican / Negro mess : if you're on Neighborhood watch, just WATCH. How hard is this for you bad boys to understand ?

Julie Turek
Julie Turek

Unreal how in the video some undercover cop runs a light, hits a woman, and instead of checking on her, joins 3 others to attack this man (on our pavement which can cook eggs) and tasers him when he is already down. SHAME.

Julie Turek
Julie Turek

a regular occurrence in Joe's jails.

Daron Nikki Petit
Daron Nikki Petit

In your time of need, don't call the "gun toting hick" cops. Maybe call gun protesters instead.

Sandy Yost
Sandy Yost

another law suit that we will all pay for.

therazorsedge555
therazorsedge555


Earlier this year, while Tai was supposed to stand trial for another charge of assaulting a Mesa police officer, a judge instead had him committed to a mental-health facility. 

A person in contact with Tai's family tells us today that Tai had been on a variety of medications for mental and physical ailments before he was incarcerated.


Sounds like he should have been at the State Hospital.

Hardly safe to send him to jail.

Dorian Demetrulias
Dorian Demetrulias

Mesa cops must fantasize about marshal law. Seems like most guys who want to become a cop just do it cause they are dumb, angry, gun toting hicks not cause they want to help look out for citizens.

Heather Ferris
Heather Ferris

Surprise, surprise. Another person dies while in MCSO custody. We're already up to $10 million of tax-payers' money going to Sheriff Joe's case settlements. For how much longer will we allow this maniac to run our county?

suppers_ready
suppers_ready

Those of us who watched the video when it came up a few months ago will remember that the Mesa PD officers did nothing that constituted "police brutality", as they were accused of doing. However, dying of an "accident" in MCSO custody is an awfully familiar story these days...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Cops = Violent Homicidal Cowards with Badges and Guns

dymondzonly
dymondzonly

SOOOO wrong!!! MPD needs to be charged/SUED!!!!

robert_graham
robert_graham

I just read the article again. Serves him right!  Osta la vista baby!

robert_graham
robert_graham

Oh so now it was a dumbass "slant eye" that died in MCSO custody? The stupid gook should have known better than to fight with officers. It's his own fault.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

It idiot L/E in the truck should be fired for running a red light in an unmarked vehicle and causing a serious accident with his Rambo bullshit.


I'm sure that will cost Phoenix tax payers some serious money.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

A lot of people seem to die in MCSO custody....

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

being that anytime someone dies in MCSO custody its always deemed "an accident", i have serious doubts about the cause of death. 

hgearing7
hgearing7

@Barbie MacBride KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS AN AMERICAN!! I AM ONLY 26 YEARS OLD AND I KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR LAWS THAN YOU DO?! PLEASE!!! GOD HELP US ALL!!!


IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@BarbieMacBride. Hey stupid btch, this is not about Mexicans/Negro mess, keep UR racist views in UR cesspool family. U must B Jaffy's relative.

GratefulGrower
GratefulGrower

@Barbie MacBride So it is okay to continue beating and electricuting someone who is mentally ill after they are down on the ground?  No wonder America is the way it is.  we have people like barbie macbride who think cops should be able to destroy people with dissabilities because they didn't comprehend what the officer was saying.  INo wonder the undercover cop felt it his duty to fight the man who was subdued by 3 other men, rather then helping the lady he crashed his vehicle into. Message is loud and clear, COPS ARE MORE ATTRACTED TO BEAT SOMEONE UP THEN HELP SOMEONE THEY INJURED.

lupemoa1
lupemoa1

But when ur not in ur right mine do u still try to comply barbie macbride? Take ur stubit 5cents n shove it up ur fat u know what......

hgearing7
hgearing7

@Sandy Yost gladly i will pay for this. WE NEED TO POLICE THE POLICE!!!!!

hgearing7
hgearing7

@Heather Ferris STOP VOTING FOR HIS DUMBASS AND MAYBE WE CAN END THIS!?


FerrisAgain
FerrisAgain

@JoeArpaioFan You are unquestionably either the biggest troll or the most despicable person on this website. EVERY. SINGLE. ARTICLE I read is followed by some pea-brained BS comment from you within the first 5 comments. You must be incredibly busy to keep up with all this insanity. I mean your insanity. 

dymondzonly
dymondzonly

@JoeArpaioFan  OBVIOUSLY he has a mental problem, so the next time you judge someone who has mental disabilities, go ask a COP to hit you over the head till you realize how it feels to be disabled!!!!! STUPID FAGNUT!!!!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  "slant eye??" did you watch the video? notice anything wrong with your description yet? i will give you a hint..............the 6 foot something black guy just might not be an Asian. but then again ,when your eyes are clouded with hate.........many things escape your sight.                    you twit

PaulMoore
PaulMoore

@JoeArpaioFan Hey Jaffey this is the doc that treated you at the health department last week after your romp in the gay bath house on 27th ave.  Is the Penicillin working for you?  Also, you promised to bring in those "pet" goats of yours to get treated. Please remember if you are going to engage in sex with goats, in the future wear a rubber.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan i see you have gone full racist now..i guess thats not shocking given how ignorant and stupid you act here already

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@Cozz that idiot took a serious risk..not just with his car, but with witnesses who were watching him repeatedly strike and knee the man while restrained. He never identified himself as an officer...and his reckless action with his car seemed to already incite some anger from the witnesses..and also. this guy was obviously 51/50, sounds like the officer that responded to the call needs some training on how to deal with suspects with mental issues..

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz  "A lot of people seem to die in MCSO custody".........................maybe we can get Joe to babysit JAFfy for a while?????          that would be well worth the settlement

elS82
elS82

@FerrisAgain  this is all he has in life...stop reading,replying to his comments...if everyone on here ignored his b.s. it would ruin his little delusional world...

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@david_saint01

No kidding, the guy in the truck has some serious issues going on. It put a lot of peoples lives in danger not to mention the continued punching of the suspect while on the ground and being tased with his Rambo bullshit.


...and did you notice, he didn't give a shit in the slightest about the person he ran into in the intersection.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy

I'm sure it wouldn't be much in Jaffy's case, all it would take is some crack cocaine and food stamps to keep Jaffy's relatives and friends happy.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@david_saint01

Of course....How many have their been ?

15 - 20 now ?

All deemed accidents by Bozo Joe and his Goon Squad.

FerrisAgain
FerrisAgain

@elS82 I'm pretty sure she's a she. But it's clear that she'll never, ever stop. More than anything, I'm impressed with her tenacity for willful ignorance. It must be pretty hard to continue to be so incredibly ill-informed. 

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