Former California police officer Matthew Dages and his wife Christine have spent 2 nightmarish years dealing with progressive politics, protestors and a hostile community that turned against them —all over a false accusation.
Christine Dages recently spoke exclusively to Breitbart news about the whole ordeal.
“On May 27, 2020, Matthew, my husband, was working as a police officer for the city of La Mesa. He was working a detail with other officers and he was involved in a very low-level use of force against a combative subject who had already assaulted Matthew,” Christine Dages said.
“His department deemed his use of force justified but the subject posted a video of their interaction online with the hashtag ‘George Floyd’ and it went viral. There were riots for days and the city burned down,” she continued. “Social justice activists called Matthew a racist and they demanded that he be fired and criminally charged for just doing his job.”
“When the city burned down, we actually had protests at our home as well,” Christine Dages said. “Our personal information was doxed online so we had to move. So we no longer live here … however, it’s really interesting, I feel like our story and what the city of La Mesa is doing to us is a cautionary tale for police families on what can happen in left-led cities when political pressure is applied.”
Christine says La Mesa politicians “bowed to the mob” and fired her husband from the force, “criminally charging him with one felony count of filing a false police report to arrest the suspect,” Breitbart reports.
“The best way I can describe it is walking through the fires of hell. It’s been constant agony, not just for us as newlyweds — we got married just before this incident — but for our entire family,” Christine Dages said. “It feels like walking through fire because my husband is a white police officer who did his job so we’re people of faith which has helped keep our heads above water. It’s been agonizing on every level and I would not wish that hell on anyone.”
Matthew Dages was ultimately found not guilty, but the Dages family struggle is just beginning —they’re fighting to get Matthew’s job back.
“Yes, he was acquitted last month and victory is so wonderful but our battle is far from over. We’re almost two years into this and we’re still fighting,” she continued. “It has been emotionally, mentally, agonizing on every level.”
The Dages family spent close to $100,000 of their own money in legal fees to secure the acquittal —they’ve started a fundraiser to help cover costs.
“We’re fundraising for the exorbitant amount of money that it has cost our family to protect Matthew’s freedom … not all legal fees have been covered by Matthew’s union,” Christine Dages said. “100 percent of donations will support Matthew in clearing his name.”
Please consider helping Matthew and Chirstine Dages by visiting their fundraising page:
h/t Breitbart News