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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He should face 3 times what he lied about on another man.
Same with civilians that do the same thing and wrongly imprison someone.
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.
Absolutely. It will put a stop to much, but probably not all.
A few would still do it, but most would not.
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.
Cops seem to generally assume that people are lying to them. I return the favor. I see no reason to give a cop’s word any more credence than any other random person, which is to say not very much. No, I’m not a cop hater - I just have a healthy distrust of people in authority.
except only the cops have guns...).
I’d star at that DA and let him know, “That $1.1 million...is going to defeat you in the next election, and you, too, Mayor.”
Isn't that why they revolted in the first place?
THIS crap is one reason why there is still a racial problem in America.
The average American has ignored or approved of the JBT tactics by law enforcement. Phone cams and dash cams are clearly documenting what black Americans have always said about cop behavior.
Now that LEO is so militarized and thuggish that every American is endangered by their aggressive and unconstitutional methods we suddenly get it.
If you wonder why so many black Americans blindly follow their race hustling leaders, look no further than youtube. JBT cops and race pimps exploiting it to the max.
Cops seem to generally assume that people are lying to them. I return the favor. I see no reason to give a cops word any more credence than any other random person, which is to say not very much. No, Im not a cop hater - I just have a healthy distrust of people in authority.
You will not believe how even telling the truth can convict you.
He needs to be prosecuted, along with any other culprits.
Go to Amazon.com or eBay.com and pay $30 for *any* dash cam.
Those are liberty cameras.
Just ask the Russians who use them ubiquitously.
What??? Cops lie??? /s
The guy spent 15 months in jail. A resignation is clearly not sufficient.
Two white guys fighting so cop busts the innocent black man instead. Why is racial profiling thought to be an issue ???? Gee I wonder
It took a year for anyone to look at the dash cam? A whole bunch of people need to be fired!
A pretty amazing array of cameras to choose from.
Got a particular recommendation?
He probably thought arresting one guy would be less work then dealing with two.
After all he did just want to get home safe.
LEOs are allowed by law to lie to you. However, they are not allowed to subvert justice or the law (yes there is a difference) by falsifying, ignoring, or destroying evidence or filing a false report.
But look at it from their point of view: the JBT and all his pals on the force who supported him and looked the other way got to go home safe that night.
And who knows? They might get the chance to shoot an innocent dog later on!
Oh, and yes, I am quite serious about that one thing: Courts have ruled numerous times that LEOs can lie to you if it "solves the case" (brings the case to court), hopefully locking away a "bad guy".
It is not simply a matter of "race". LEOs today are of the mindset that anyone not a cop is one of only two things: Perps, or Uncaught Perps.
Why are they struggling to make race an issue here?
I believe Dallas once had a prosecutor who was famous for race based prosecutions.
The race of the individuals was unnecessary. In a case of injustice like this, the victim deserves every bit of the compensation he got. The JBTs need to go to jail.
Race is and should be irrelevant. Behavior IS relevant.
Abuse of power is not restricted for racial issues. It’s just used as a broad excuse.
And therefore diverts the objective.
The law needs to be changed. In theory, all government employees are working for the public. Intentionally lying to a citizen should be a felony for any government employee.
It didn't just start with the invention of phone and dash cams. The problem is a longstanding one that has allowed the race hustlers to convince their listeners that the JBT represent society.
And technically, LEO does represent us and we've mostly been silent about it until recently.
The other important question, why did it take 15 months for the video to surface?
Another important question: Why did Jones spend 15 months in jail? Why didn’t he post bond? I read the link and the link in the link to WFAA article. Jones had not been convicted. He was awaiting trial.
I suspect other charges and/or issues are at play here beyond what we are reading.
Any mention of our Founding Fathers now days ends up with the Dems/leftists accusing the speaker of all sorts of nasty things because they detest the freedoms and liberties the founders tried to set up in our Constitution.
The current state of our education system has ensured our children know nothing of the true founding of this Country nor enabled their ability to read and find the truth. The Government has almost completed the transformation from our free society to another Socialist/Communist state.
No, resignation is not enough.* I don’t know the law in Texas. In other states he could be charged on felony charges. Battery is the least of what he did. False imprisonment, falsifying official reports, something analogous to perjury, a buffet of civil rights violations.
There has to be the -will- to exercise that prosecutorial discretion.
*Although if I was offered 1,100,000 to sit in jail for 15 months, I think I’d jump at it; but that does not answer the -criminal- malfeasance of the cop.
When a cop, judge, or da lies or withholds evidence they should get the same sentence as the accused.
And the other important question is why is the crooked cop allowed to resign and walk away? Since his testimony, I assume it was under oath and was a lie, where are the perjury charges? How about putting him in prison?
I wonder if the cop is drawing a pension?
“”Jones faced a possible life sentence had he been convicted on a charge of aggravated assault of a public servant. But the case was dismissed in March 2011. Antkowiak, who investigators said suffered a concussion and other injuries in the fight, called the incident terrible.
Any time a police officer has to use force, its unfortunate, he said. Its not something that I ever put a uniform on to do. I put a uniform on to help people.
Antkowiak, 40, resigned from the Dallas Police Department in January 2012 for unrelated health reasons after nearly five years on the force. He is now CEO of the U.S. Security Institute, a private training and security firm.
Jane Bishkin, a Dallas lawyer who has represented officers for more than 20 years, said nothing really stands out in the officers use of force in the dash-cam video. Officers are allowed to use strikes to gain compliance, she said.””