Skip to comments.Man wrongly jailed for 15 months until this video proved cop had lied
Posted on 04/04/2014 11:49:36 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
A wrongly imprisoned Dallas man, who just won his $1.1 million lawsuit against the city, would still be in jail if not for the discovery of video evidence, which proved that his arresting officer had attacked him and lied about it.
In December of 2009, Dallas police Officer Matthew Antkowiak was dispatched to break up a fight between two white men. But on his way to the scene, he saw a black man, 62-year-old Ronald Jones, crossing the street. Antkowiak claimed that Jones was throwing beer bottles. He stopped his car and approached Jones. According to the officer, Jones tried to choke him, provoking a fight that lasted until other officers arrived. (RELATED: Dashboard cam catches cops in unbelievable series of lies that led to mans false arrest)
Jones was arrested on assault charges and spent the next 15 months in prison, according to WFAA News 8.
The only problem? Antkowiaks account was a complete lie and eventually, footage from police dashboard cameras disproved it.
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It's what they do.
Just another installment of "Cops and Peasants" (which is a lot like the old child's game of "Cops and Robbers", except only the cops have guns...).
My question is how they found the video at all. If it was gone for 15 months, it’s a miracle that it still exists.
Somebody within the system must be making backups.
Because you MUST fear the State at all times. They are our rulers and we are supposed to bow down to them when they even deign to look at us.
Why are they struggling to make race an issue here? Even if the cop had purely racist motives, he was wrong, got caught, and will now have to pay the consequences.
Makes me want to puke.
Take the bastard out behind the station and smoke him.
“The other important question, why did it take 15 months for the video to surface? “
At a guess, no action was taken by detectives until the case was scheduled for trial. That’s about how long it takes to bring a case to trial around here.
Exactly! Mr. Jones deserves justice and this cop and anyone else involved in suppressing any evidence must be severely dealt with, no matter who was what color.
“He should face 3 times what he lied about on another man.”
As a minimum, anyone who intentionally bears false witness should suffer the same (potential) penalty as the one falsely accused. That would be truly just.
Isn't it odd that the Founding Fathers got along quite well without all these "swarms of officers harassing" them?
I went to the link. It sounds like the officer was allowed to resign. It seems he should have been charged with assault. I am glad the victim is getting money from the city for this, but seems like the money should be coming from the LEOs involved, instead.
I was just getting ready to post your IGKYA pic to you.
“After seeing the video evidence, prosecutors dropped all charges against Jones. The police department eventually launched an investigation that resulted in Antkowiak resigning.”
Right there. Ridiculously slow followup but the DA’s office in screening. None by the PD until -finally- some assistant district attorney caught it. FYI in a major city ADA’s can easily put in 80 - 90 hour work weeks if they strive to carry out all their obligations. The flow of cases and data is like trying to drink from a fire hydrant.
Most jurisdictions will have something dealing with false reporting and so on. Unfortunately, they are seldom enforced against people within the law racket.
The real travesty? The policeman apparently got off by simply resigning. He deserves to be tried and punished for battery. That cop is the real risk to peaceful citizens, and he’s apparently walking the streets a free man.