Former La Mesa Police Officer Matthew Dages has been politically railroaded and wrongfully terminated by the City of La Mesa officials. And now he’s been criminally charged with falsifying a police report - despite no evidence of such an intentional act.

Dages was cleared of any use of force from the May 27, 2020 incident, but seemingly due to political pressure, Dages is now a scapegoat for the violence inflicted on the city.

Dages’ attorney is filing a motion to appeal the preliminary hearing judge’s decision to go to trial, on the grounds of lack of probable cause and insufficient evidence. Next month there will be a hearing held. Not all of Dages’ attorney fees are covered by his police union, so if Dages wants to stay in this fight, he must pay over $130,000 out of pocket with more legal expenses on the way.

There is a fundraising page for donations to help with legal fees as this officer continues to fight to clear his name and get back in uniform.