WATCH: Texas Cops Jail Black Jogger for 2 Days after Learning he was Wrong Man

Nathan Dimoff

San Antonio police said he matched the description and went on to arrest him even after learning he was the wrong man.

Mathias Ometu, 33, sat two days in jail for committing the crime of jogging while Black.

San Antonio police were searching the area for a suspect who just punched and choked a woman on Tuesday before fleeing.

Ometu, who was wearing a bright green shirt, was jogging near the area and was stopped for questioning. Police said he matched the description. A local attorney began live streaming the detainment to Facebook.

The woman who had been punched was driven to the scene to identify her attacker. She said Ometu was not the man who attacked her.

Police jailed him anyway on two charges of felony assault on a police officer.

“The information that they relayed out to other officers responding to the scene was that the male had fled the location and was wearing a bright green shirt and shorts,” a police spokesperson told KSAT12.

Officers attempted to question him, but Ometu refused to answer the officer’s questions and refused to give his name and date of birth which is perfectly legal to do in the state of Texas, unless the person is arrested or operating a motor vehicle.

“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 Victor Maas, the San Antonio attorney narrating a Facebook Live video.

Ometu was placed in handcuffs without an incident, according to San Antonio Police Department. He was asked to sit in a patrol car but refused. They then tried to force him into the vehicle.

Officers claim that during the struggle, Ometu kicked both officers, one of them being kicked in the face.

According to KENS 5, Mass said:

“Here he is just minding his business, and they threw him in the back of the cop car 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.”

After forcing Ometu into the patrol vehicle, officers brought the victim to the scene to verify if Ometu was the one who assaulted her.

She told officers that he was not the assailant, but Ometu was still taken to jail for two felony counts of assaulting an officer.

Victor Ometu, the jogger's father, told Ken 5 that his son is a University of Texas San Antonio graduate and an insurance adjuster. His father said it was the first time Ometu had an issue with the law. Victor also expressed gratitude that Maas was there and recorded the incident.

Police later showed up to Maas' office attempting to collect his video footage.

“They came into our office to intimidate us into giving information – they wanted our Facebook accounts – they wanted to see what I posted to get their stories straight I’m certain of that. The reality is this man did not deserve to get the crap beat out of him for jogging and minding his own business.”

Since Ometu’s arrest, many community members, as well as, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, spoke out about their concerns of the officer’s conduct.

According to KSAT12:

“We have to treat this issue seriously and the outcomes have to be from a basis of equity for every person. We’ve got to make sure we understand the facts before we can speak clearly on what happens next.”

Nirenberg has called for the officer’s body camera footage to be released publicly and expects it to be released this week.

Ometu was released on bail two days after the arrest.

Comments (4)
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Libertarian
Libertarian

Unfortunately the law is not yet clear on how much you can resist an unlawful arrest. If excessive force is used(think "use of force continuum"), you have a natural right to defend yourself.

There has not been a Supreme Court ruling on the unlawful arrest resistance that I know of. There are various state rulings however; plummer, wilson, bad elk come to mind. Anyone know of a good resource for lawfully resisting arrest?

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Fascist Slayer
Fascist Slayer

And what's the penalty for violating a Supreme Court Ruling? Especially if the cops violate a Supreme Court Ruling? Fuck all, that's what the penalty is. Fuck all. Supreme Court Rulings are just like the Statue of Liberty.....all empty and hollow on the inside. Fuck all.

Libertarian
Libertarian

I think you have a natural right to resist an unlawful arrest. I suspect any time someone with money fights the charges, they get dropped. If the charges were pushed all the way to the supreme court and that court said that you can resist an unlawful arrest, there would be a ton of people resisting even lawful arrests.

That would probably cause chaos for a while until people realize the vast majority of the time, people are stopped with probable cause/reasonable suspicion.

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

move along sheeple. nothing to see here! just a typical day in Texas.....
the blue lies mafia in Texas all seem to think that any time they stop someone that they have the RIGHT to demand ID. 38.02 says otherwise! then they like to throw around the usual contempt of cop charges like failure to comply, disorderly conduct, failure to ID, interfering with an investigation, resisting _____, all because someone dares to defy there authority and stand up for there RIGHTS!

at best the blue lies mafia would have is failure to comply for there victim not wanting to get in the back of the car. so instead of telling him that he can be charged for that, they decided that it would be better to put the boots to him and charge him with assault on police. all the while skipping the de-escalation technique and moving strait to excessive force!


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