Man Pleads Guilty to Lying About Officers Assaulting Him

David Unze, SC Times, November 12, 2011

An African-American man who said two white St. Cloud police officers assaulted him as he walked on a city street has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting a crime.

Matthew Randall Moe, 22, was ordered to pay $135 in fines and fees and to write a letter of apology to the St. Cloud Police Department and the officers he falsely accused of assaulting him.

Moe initially made his accusations in a letter to St. Cloud State University in which he claimed the attack was racially motivated. The university forwarded the letter to St. Cloud police, who asked the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office to investigate.

Moe’s initial report said he was walking home in the early hours of Feb. 10, 2010, when two white officers stopped their Crown Victoria squad car near him in the Eastman Park area. One officer asked Moe why he was running, and another came up behind him and pushed him face-first into the snowbank, Moe said.

The officers asked for his identification and then checked computer records to verify his identity, Moe said. Moe claimed that he tried to stand up from a seated position in the snowbank and was pushed back down onto the snow by one of the officers.

He also claimed he was pushed to the ground a third time and then pat-searched before being told “they didn’t want to see him around here again,” according to the court complaint charging Moe.

Sherburne County Sheriff Capt. Scott Fildes investigated the case. Fildes reviewed the police officer logs and couldn’t find two officers who were working that night who matched the detailed description that Moe had given.

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Fildes also obtained video surveillance of the area in which Moe claimed to have been assaulted. When viewing that video, Fildes didn’t see Moe or any police cars in the area at the time Moe said the assault happened.

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  • Mike Harrigan

    “Matthew Randall Moe, 22, was ordered to pay $135 in fines and fees and to write a letter of apology to the St. Cloud Police Department and the officers he falsely accused of assaulting him.”

    So this african made accusations that could totally destroy and could possibly end in imprisonment for these two Whites and his punishment is a $135 fine and to write a letter? Wow!! Lets hope the ncaa, spca or the add dont come down on this hanging judge for treating an african too harshly.

    “Sherburne County Sheriff Capt. Scott Fildes investigated the case. Fildes reviewed the police officer logs and couldn’t find two officers who were working that night who matched the detailed description that Moe had given.”

    No doubt affirmative action hires kept the possibility of 2 White officers working together, highly unlikely. Looks like affirmative action may have saved 2 White cops in this instance.

  • Bill R

    Another black trying to cash in on a ghetto lottery. Ho hum. Dog bites man.

  • Tom S.

    What an idiot! Doesn’t he know that he has to go to the NAACP for the proper training before trying for a ghetto lottery? Oh well, better luck next time. And there WILL be a next time, and a next time, and a next time….

  • Anonymous

    I always thought that if blacks are found guilty of a hoax they should receive the same punishment the Whites would’ve received had the claim been true. Same for women that falsely accuse men of rape. That, I feel, would put a stop to alot of this nonsense.

  • madison grant

    If every “minority” who fabricated an antiwhite racial hoax in the last decade had to cough up $135 like this guy did we’d be able to pay down the national debt!

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the type likely to commit assault himself. Since that’s what he’s about he must think others are the same way too?

  • Cousin Charlie from TN

    Right now, having heard about this story, some PC white “screenwriter” is creating a script. My guess. To wit, the ones who messed with this super-intelligent “african american” were simply passing as cops; really they are ultra-racist vigilantes, out to harass anyone who they “hate”.

  • kgb

    Filing false accusations against cops ought to carry an eighteen-month jail term. The police have enough problems trying to keep blacks under control; they don’t need to be stigmatized like this by an idiot African.

  • john

    Doubtless the two attackers were whites dressed as cops.

  • Anonymous

    Typcal black behavior. He should have received five years in Prison.

  • white is right, black is whack

    “Matthew Randall Moe, 22, was ordered to pay $135 in fines and fees and to write a letter of apology to the St. Cloud Police Department and the officers he falsely accused of assaulting him.”

    What? A black person gets in trouble for making up a racial story? Did hell just freeze over?

  • Up to my neck in CA.

    These types of Hate Crimes (yes this is a hate crime) will not stop until you actually punish the lying racist. This crime should warrent prison time, 3 to 5 years minimum.

    End the Ghetto Lottery!

  • Question Diversity

    For those of you who think Mr. Moe isn’t really being punished, remember that he has to write a letter. That might be harder for him to do than a two-year prison bid.