A Missouri police officer who beat up a handcuffed man and then lied about it in a police report was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation.
Jackie Matthews, 63, was a member of the Ferguson Police Department during the March 13, 2020, incident. He was fired two months later.
Matthews pleaded guilty to filing a false report, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported. His false narrative was exposed by body-camera video.
Matthews detained a man, identified in court documents only as GR, after a domestic disturbance call. The two began exchanging insults while the man was in the back of Matthews’ patrol car, according to federal prosecutors.
Fed up with the talk, Matthews opened the door and let GR step out, the feds said. Matthews then grabbed GR by the throat and hit him in the face several times while GR was handcuffed.
In Matthews’ report, he claimed GR was forcefully kicking the glass and the door in the back of the car, according to the Post-Dispatch. Body-camera video revealed that wasn’t the case.
Initially, Matthews was hit with a federal civil rights charge, but it was dropped as part of a plea deal.