“Both officers are white and the victim is Black.”
“These officers escalated a personal matter that should have been a traffic stop at worse into a Rocky Horror beating” – Dallas County DA, Michael Jackson
Two white cops are charged with assault for tasing, beating up and threatening to a kill a black man because he got in a road rage dispute with one of their wives
Selma Police officer Matthew Blaine Till and Dallas County sheriff’s deputy John Nicholas Taccone were charged on Tuesday for an April assault
On April 30 the two cops brutally beat down a black man who had gotten into a road rage incident with Till’s wife
The officers arrived to the scene, tried to arrest the man, and a struggle ensued
Till allegedly pulled out a gun and told the victim that he was ‘going to kill him’
Both men were charged Tuesday with felony second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and obstructing governmental operations
Till earlier pled guilty to an attempt to hinder, delay or prevent the communication of the possible commission of a federal civil rights violation
Till who was fired, was give a life time ban working in law enforcement, and faces 20 years in prison at sentencing, scheduled for Oct 28
Sentencing date has not been set for Taconne, but he is no longer with the sheriff’s office
Two white Alabama police officers have been charged with assault for beating a black man and threatening to kill him after he got into a road rage incident with one of their wives.
Selma Police officer Matthew Blaine Till and Dallas County sheriff’s deputy John Nicholas Taccone were hit with felony assault charges on Tuesday.
On April 30 Till’s wife got into a road rage incident and called her husband to tell him about her squabble with a ‘black guy in a red Charger’, according to court documents.
Till then called Taccone, both of whom were on duty and in uniform at the time, and they responded to the scene. When they arrived, the victim was exiting a parking lot and they stopped him and ordered him out of the vehicle.
The two officers arrived to the scene near an Exxon gas station at the 2700 block of Highway 80 West in Selma and found the driver exiting a parking lot. They stopped him and ordered him out of his vehicle a short time later.
Officer Till placed one handcuff on the victim but was unable to get the second one one him and a physical struggle ensued, where the officers struck his head and face in a brutal beat down, according to AL.com.
In the 90-second confrontation, Till allegedly pulled out a gun and told the victim that he was ‘going to kill him’.
‘They Tased him multiple times, threw him to the ground and were punching and kicking him.
‘It was a brutal beating. All this was happening while the victim was repeatedly asking the officers “What did I do?”‘ Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said announcing the charges on Wednesday.
Jackson pointed out that both cops were white and their victim black.
The unidentified black man eventually got into his car and fled, but crashed.
He was then transported to a holding cell at the city’s police department where federal agents interviewed him about weapons that were found inside his car, court documents said.
‘These officers escalated a personal matter that should have been a traffic stop at worse into a Rocky Horror beating,’ Jackson said.
‘Public officials are held to a higher standard,’ Jackson said, according to the Selma Times-Journal. ‘It was a bullying situation. The badge is a symbol of integrity and protection,’ said DA Jackson while announcing that men were charged with felony second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and obstructing governmental operations.
Till was fired, and Taccone is no longer employed with the sheriff’s office, according to the prosecutor.
Till pled guilty on Sept. 25 in U.S. Federal Court and admitted he gave those instructions with the intent to hinder, delay or prevent the communication to a federal law enforcement officer of information relating to the possible commission of a federal civil rights violation.
According to court documents Mathew Till, in part, sent a text to Taconne stating: “The indictments are coming for us. We need to get on the same page and use the same attorney. I don’t care what they threaten you with. If we don’t fight this together we are both going to be getting in trouble.”
As part of his plea agreement, Till will no longer be able to work in local, municipal, state or federal law enforcement, corrections officer or private security guard.
Federal District Judge Jeffrey U. Beaverstock has set Till’s sentencing for Dec. 28. where he faces up to 20 years in prison.
A sentencing date has not been set for Taconne.