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Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:53 AM

San Anotnio Police shove "suspect" into car, admit it was the wrong man.



SAN ANTONIO — Family and witnesses are asking San Antonio police for answers tonight after a man was thrown in a police car and taken to jail. He was suspected of committing a crime and hauled off even after officers determined they had the wrong guy.

“That man in the green was jogging, the cops pulled him over and because he wouldn’t give him his name, he got handcuffed,” said San Antonio attorney Victor Maas while narrating a Facebook Live video.



Tuesday afternoon, officers were looking for a man accused of choking and punching a woman at an apartment complex on Woodstone Drive on the city’s northwest side.

The man they stopped was Mathias Ometu, and police say he refused to give his name or date of birth.

SAPD says Ometu was placed in handcuffs without incident, after refusing their questions. They say Ometu was asked to sit in a patrol car and refused. Officers then put Ometu in the vehicle.

The incident was recorded to cell phone and Facebook Live by Maas and his girlfriend Jennifer Rodriguez.

“Here he is just minding his business, and they threw him in the back of the cop car," Mass told KENS 5. "And because he didn’t get in the back of the car – he’s like, 'Why? I didn’t do anything wrong' -- they decided, 'No, we’re going to beat the crap out of you and throw you in there regardless.”

According to SAPD, Ometu is not the man they were looking for; preliminary information on the incident says the victim came to the scene of the arrest and "advised officers that this was not the individual that assaulted her. Ometu was still arrested and taken to jail. He was charged with two felony counts of assault on a police officer.


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[link:https://www.kens5.com/article/news/local/law-enforcement/police-admit-they-arrested-the-wrong-man-yet-he-still-sits-in-jail/273-40a83529-3847-4ddc-92b5-7ef49fa686a1|]

I watched this on the local news last night. "Put" is an interesting choice of words when "shoved" is more like it. I must have missed the part where the officers were assaulted, unless making it difficult to get you into the car counts as assault.

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