A former San Diego police officer was acquitted on Friday of lie on a police report of pushing a Black man during an arrest.
Matthew Dages showed relief after the jury returned with a not guilty verdict after three days of deliberation, yahoo news report. Dages was removed for one count of providing false testimony.
The charges stem from the May 27, 2020, arrest of a 24-year-old young man by Dages Amaurie Johnson. In the police report, Dages alleges that Johnson was fisting and getting into a fight stance when he was stopped for smoking on the pedestal of a stroller.
However, a witness video shows Dages grabbing and pushing Johnson onto a concrete bench. After being arrested on charges of resisting arrest, Johnson was never charged and was not charged with smoking.
The arrest sparked protests and backlash in the area around the issue of racial profiling and police bias. With Johnson being arrested two days after the murder George Floyd, Tensions around racial injustice run high. The La Mesa Police Department terminated Dages. He’s fighting to get his job back, San Diego Union-Tribune report.
During the trial, Johnson denied Dages’ accusations of assaulting him. Johnson testified that he did not smoke and admitted to swiping the officer’s hand but said he was not fisting or in a fighting stance.
After the trial, the defense lawyer Jeremiah J. Sullivan III criticized the San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan for trying to prosecute Dages.
“The progressive DA is choosing criminals over police,” Sullivan said in a statement.
But, Yusef Miller of the Racial Justice League that acknowledges people of color often targeted and profiled by the police.
Miller said: “It was clear that this man (Johnson) – innocent of any crime, any offense – was targeted, and that’s what started to make this all go away. control.
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