Bail set at $3 million for ex-Long Be...

Bail set at $3 million for ex-Long Beach officer charged with w...

There are 119 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Mar 30, 2010, titled Bail set at $3 million for ex-Long Beach officer charged with w.... In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

A former Long Beach police officer charged with three felony weapons violations, including possession of assault weapons, appears to have a long wait ahead of him behind bars.

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uhyea

Fullerton, CA

#119 May 25, 2010
Ron Burgundy wrote:
Matt was one of the worst cops in the history of LBPD. He was a constant source of citizen complaints. His supervisors and fellow officers also complained to management in writing about him. This went on for YEARS before they fired him... There is no way this guy should have ever been hired.
I agree that he was cocky and arrogant, but so was Batts, Craig, Luna, and Blair. They became chiefs. Matt may have a long list of complaints but he did what he was told. Look at the folks running sex crimes or domestic violence and tell me they are not cocky and arrogant. They tell me they are truthful. I bet you can't.
Ron Burgundy

Huntington Beach, CA

#124 May 25, 2010
I think the only time in his career Matt did what he was told was when he arrested Jay Beeler. The rest of the time he played fast & loose with the rules. He had no business ever wearing a police uniform. He was abusive toward the public. He thought the rules applied to everyone but him.
uhyea wrote:
<quoted text>I agree that he was cocky and arrogant, but so was Batts, Craig, Luna, and Blair. They became chiefs. Matt may have a long list of complaints but he did what he was told. Look at the folks running sex crimes or domestic violence and tell me they are not cocky and arrogant. They tell me they are truthful. I bet you can't.
uhyea

Fullerton, CA

#125 May 26, 2010
Ron Burgundy wrote:
I think the only time in his career Matt did what he was told was when he arrested Jay Beeler. The rest of the time he played fast & loose with the rules. He had no business ever wearing a police uniform. He was abusive toward the public. He thought the rules applied to everyone but him.
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Duly noted but like I said, just like Batts, Craig, Luna, and Blair. They have no business wearing a uniform much less running the department.
Roscoe P Coletrain

Huntington Beach, CA

#126 May 26, 2010
uhyea wrote:
<quoted text>Duly noted but like I said, just like Batts, Craig, Luna, and Blair. They have no business wearing a uniform much less running the department.
None of the people you have named above engaged in the types of repeated misconduct as Matt did. While I'm sure a few of them may have a skeleton or two in their closet, they never never came close to the things Matt has done in the past. One of Matts problems was when he was confronted about things he did wrong, it was "Well Batts did this, Luna did that." This is not about anyone but Matt. No matter what anyone else has done, the issue is Matt. He never had any business in a LBPD uniform in the first place. What angers me is that this who covered up his past acts of misconduct will never be held accountable. It is also poor management that Matts antics were allowed to go on as long as they did before he was fired.
Croak

Hilmar, CA

#127 May 26, 2010
Scary that a guy like this was cruising the streets of Long Beach with a cop car and a gun.

Innocent until proven guilty, of course.
uhyea

Fullerton, CA

#128 May 27, 2010
Roscoe P Coletrain wrote:
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None of the people you have named above engaged in the types of repeated misconduct as Matt did. While I'm sure a few of them may have a skeleton or two in their closet, they never never came close to the things Matt has done in the past. One of Matts problems was when he was confronted about things he did wrong, it was "Well Batts did this, Luna did that." This is not about anyone but Matt. No matter what anyone else has done, the issue is Matt. He never had any business in a LBPD uniform in the first place. What angers me is that this who covered up his past acts of misconduct will never be held accountable. It is also poor management that Matts antics were allowed to go on as long as they did before he was fired.
Again I agree with this statement. My point is that there is a culture and pattern of "corruption" with the DCOP's office that trickled down to the patrol folks. Then when it continues, they pick a head to roll. Perhaps if the new chief looked at his DCs, he can show that he is leading from the top down and not by letting the DCs do what they want, violate officer rights, lie, etc.
Ron Burgundy

Huntington Beach, CA

#129 May 27, 2010
Please feel free to be more specific rather than post a bunch a vague innuendos. Corruption? Do the initials TH mean anything? There was one for the books.

You can just slander the entire department though. Most of the officers are very honest and hard working. However there is a small minority that have no business wearing the uniform. To me that is a partially a result result if civilian oversight which caused a reduction in the hiring standards.
uhyea wrote:
<quoted text>Again I agree with this statement. My point is that there is a culture and pattern of "corruption" with the DCOP's office that trickled down to the patrol folks. Then when it continues, they pick a head to roll. Perhaps if the new chief looked at his DCs, he can show that he is leading from the top down and not by letting the DCs do what they want, violate officer rights, lie, etc.
Professional Victim

Ewa Beach, HI

#130 Aug 5, 2010
Still in jail. Next court date Aug 23, 2010.
The truth

Long Beach, CA

#131 Aug 5, 2010
RW Crum wrote:
Jay Beeler has used the bully pulpit of his cheap little throwaway paper to vilify this man and Tom Reeves for years now. Simply because Beeler was "only" a .06 does not mean he wasn't drunk or impaired. Whenever a police officer tells you to do something, even if it's wrong, you do it, and take up the issue later. It speaks volumes about Beeler's judgment that, presumably sober, he makes a decision every week that borders on obsessive stalking to still pursue this. One doesn't need to have been there that night to guess what his judgment was like after boozing it up to a level that had come down to .06 by the time he was tested. Beeler, through his behavior in this, has shown he's nothing but an old punk. What has happened with this ex-officer doesn't change that.
If you don't act then you will not see a later. If you want to challenge it later it will cost you dearly! LBPD policy ask for a supervisor if you feel you're being wronged it usually turns out ok.
The truth

Long Beach, CA

#132 Aug 5, 2010
GERRYCURL wrote:
People, none of you know the real facts!Ignorance isn't anything too be proud of.We all must obey the law and deal with what happens to us when we don't. It seems there are alot of angry people out there with our local police out there...your ignorant rantings in this forum solves nothing!It is time too accept the fact that no police department is without corruption on some level.Please be good too each other,that is something we can do.
How do you know what anyone on here is privy too? There is REAL tangable evidence. Would you be happier if you were there when they took the assault weapons from him? Do you know him? Some of us do and have for a long time.
The truth

Long Beach, CA

#133 Aug 5, 2010
Ron Burgundy wrote:
I think the only time in his career Matt did what he was told was when he arrested Jay Beeler. The rest of the time he played fast & loose with the rules. He had no business ever wearing a police uniform. He was abusive toward the public. He thought the rules applied to everyone but him.
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Matt originally arrested Beeler and was ordered by a supervisor to release him and escort him to the area set for press. Matt was upset with this order and went to the command area and spoke to a higher up that said go ahead and arrest him if the sgt./supervisor has a problem send them to me. That's when Beeler was re-arrested. So because of his temper he went over a supervisor to make the arrest. Rule #1 NEVER go over you boss' head if you want to keep your job.
The truth

Long Beach, CA

#134 Aug 5, 2010
Roscoe P Coletrain wrote:
<quoted text>
None of the people you have named above engaged in the types of repeated misconduct as Matt did. While I'm sure a few of them may have a skeleton or two in their closet, they never never came close to the things Matt has done in the past. One of Matts problems was when he was confronted about things he did wrong, it was "Well Batts did this, Luna did that." This is not about anyone but Matt. No matter what anyone else has done, the issue is Matt. He never had any business in a LBPD uniform in the first place. What angers me is that this who covered up his past acts of misconduct will never be held accountable. It is also poor management that Matts antics were allowed to go on as long as they did before he was fired.
I knew Matt when he had a big/kind heart. I'm sure he still does. The job was not for him and changed him. What's good and sad is that his word is golden. When he says he'll do something he will!
The truth

Long Beach, CA

#135 Aug 5, 2010
Correction: My statement should say "good and dangerous".
Rude poster

Bellflower, CA

#136 Aug 5, 2010
SSS wrote:
Its really too bad that liberal head hunters are going after this guy while gang member drug dealers are toting pistols and selling dope to baseheads and juv delinquints, and only getting probation and Prop 36. Maybe instead of being thirsty, the DA should go after career criminals and those who prey on the community. Oh wait, its probably because its politically expedient to bag an ex-cop. i hope all you people get robbed and pistol whipped by the same gang members you have so much compassion for. oh, but then you'll just cry and say, where were the racist police when i really needed them?? uggghhh. i hate LA
Are you having a conversation with yourself? Throwing out ASSumptions, then angrily responding to them. And BTW, move if you hate LA.
The truth

Long Beach, CA

#137 Aug 5, 2010
Rude poster wrote:
<quoted text>Are you having a conversation with yourself? Throwing out ASSumptions, then angrily responding to them. And BTW, move if you hate LA.
This person says their in Anaheim, please stay there. Your old OC sheriff was some gem huh? Who said anything about racism? Also he was not the only cop in Long Beach to catch bad guys and drug dealers. I have no idea why anyone should even reply to this person.
yeaIsaidit

United States

#138 Aug 9, 2010
crazy world wrote:
he was caught driving drunk multiple times and nothing happens to him? i bet he took those weapons from the gang members. if it was one of us, we would have been treated worse then a terrorist. i would question and find who is responsible for him getting away with it for so long or why he was let off on the first dui...cover up?
probably because Batts let these corrupt low lifes get away with whatever they wanted to.
LBPD equals corrupt pigs! dirty detectives at LBPD violate the law everyday. Their motto: The truth is whatever I say it is. Isn't that right SGT Donald Wood! another of LB finest (corrupt cops)
The truth

Long Beach, CA

#139 Aug 9, 2010
yeaIsaidit wrote:
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probably because Batts let these corrupt low lifes get away with whatever they wanted to.
LBPD equals corrupt pigs! dirty detectives at LBPD violate the law everyday. Their motto: The truth is whatever I say it is. Isn't that right SGT ****! another of LB finest (corrupt cops)
You sure don't have to give any names. But that was a blanket statement against all officers of the LBPD. Please explain what happened to you? It would give your statement much more credit. When a SGT. arrives to a call he/she doesn't like it, and will be impartial leaning towards the person who requested a supervisor.
Jed

Ewa Beach, HI

#140 Dec 13, 2010
Well, Matt got 3 years in state prison. Its where he belongs. A lot of people tried to help him along the way. He defecated on everyone who tried to help him. My feeling is he will be a danger when released and we have not heard the last of him.
Concerned Citizens

Victorville, CA

#141 Dec 13, 2010
I can't stand the city of Long Beach ! That is the wrong beach part of California. I don't mind diverse ethnicities but that city is way unbearable. It's like a segregated city within a segregated community. Nobody seems to get along there and are very racially motivated. I've never seen a school like Long Beach Poly where every race segregate from each others. Similar to North Korea, City of Long Beach need to be liberated, invade and occupy just like Iraq.

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