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Suffolk judge dismisses indictment of officer accused of lying about a suspect resisting arrest

Christopher Cruz following his arrest on February 24. Police say Cruz was resisting arrest; his attorney has filed notice to file a lawsuit.
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On Wednesday, a Suffolk County judge dismissed the indictment of a Suffolk police officer who is accused of filing a false report about an arrest last year.

Officer Matthew Cameron was indicted in December on a single misdemeanor charge of offering a false report about the arrest of an alleged car thief. He pleaded not guilty, and was released without bail.

Cameron’s report claimed that Christopher Cruz resisted arrest in February 2021. Body camera footage later showed police striking Cruz while he was handcuffed on the ground.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said they are reviewing the court’s decision before deciding whether to re-indict Cameron.

Just last week, Cruz filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Cameron, other officers involved and former Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart. In court papers, he admits to attempting to drive off, but claims he eventually surrendered with his hands up before being attacked.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.