The lead defender on Facebook of Elston McCowan is committed activist and Carnahan Crew Member Brian Matthews.
Matthews, who was arrested August 6th outside the Carnahan townhall, was arrested for interfering with the Duties of a Police Officer, according to the police report first published on Big Government.
As Captain Monteleone was assisting us with crowd control a subject, later identified as Brian Matthews, walked up to him and purposely fell onto the sidewalk in front of him. While laying on the ground Matthews asked people around him of he saw the police push him down. Captain Monteleone observed Matthews laying on the ground yelling that he was being beaten by the police, trying to draw attention to himself. Captain Monteleone placed Matthews under arrest and handcuffed him without incident for Interfering with the Duties of a Police Officer.
This story is in contradiction to what Matthews himself told Post Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman, whose notes were published in the paper the day after the event.
One of those arrested was Brian Matthews, 34, of St Louis city, who works as a rehabber and previously worked on a campaign for a Texas statehouse candidate. (article available only from paid archive)
"I feel like it was a bull rush," Matthews said. "It all came from behind...
Matthews said he and his friend walked away, arm in arm. The officer followed them, and Matthews friend exchanged words with the officer, Matthew said.
"I can't tell you how many police officers charged us from behind," Matthews said. "I was pushed to the ground by one. I was pushed into the back of somebody who was walking away."
Of course, we know Matthews is a liar, because the video I published showed Matthews putting one foot behind the other and falling to the ground, exactly as is established in the police report.
At :58 in the video, Matthews is the pony tail guy in the blue shirt. At 1:05, you see him walk to the side, and then at 1:09, with no one behind him, you see him put one ankle behind the other, and fall to the ground while they attempt to arrest Javonne Spitz.
What's astounding about Matthews is that he looks at this video and claims it exonerates him, rather than proving he is willing to lie and pretend he was attacked by the police. Why would he pretend to fall and then tell the newspaper he was attacked? It's a protest tactic, designed to cause disruption, and cast doubt on whether the police acted appropriately.
Normal people don't fall to the ground and pretend to be assaulted. Perhaps Matthews learned that at Carnahan activist camp? Or at an OFA event organized by Spitz?
We know that OFA had a stated policy of causing disruption with Tea Party protesters to change the news coverage from the protest to the conflict. OFA admits this in their current meetings.
Matthews would go on to have his charges dropped - a reasonable thing, considering his actions aren't really worth the time and expense of the courts. But let's not pretend he was an innocent victim.
I was disgusted, though, to open the P-D this morning and find that six people had been arrested last night after the event, and at least two of them were pro-reform advocates. One of them, Brian Matthews, had sat behind me and had been, I thought, a little too eager to rev up the hostility a notch. His account of what happened is in the Post this morning. He says he was pretty much an innocent bystander. His friend, Javonne Spitz, was also arrested, and the word I get from others who attended is that she was too vocal before the event started and that pro-reform people had asked her to leave.
Now Matthews is a prime defender of McCowan on Facebook, trying to use his dropped charges to exonerate McCowan. I thought it important to point out Matthews is a liar willing to make up stories, eager to get involved in the act, and even now pretending you can't trust what you see on video or in the police report.
Brian Matthews is going to rattle some cages today. This case needs to be discussed. I'm grateful for the teabaggers who posted the video that cleared my name. How can the police report be trusted when the video evidence showed the police and witnesses lying about me? What parts of the police report should we belive? Only parts of th...
Get that? The video backs up the police report. You can verify that yourself from the documents provided. In addition, the video I excerpted was not used by the county prosecutor, because they did not have the original video with permission from the creator to take it. YouTube videos are not admissible in court.
The police report also includes witnesses who state Matthews was asking people if they saw the police attack him. We do not hear this on the tape, but there are people standing directly in front of Matthews while he is being cuffed. There is also no timeline provided for when the witnesses who heard Matthews state he was complaining of police brutality say it happened, but there is a significant portion of the aftermath missing from video - including the arrest of Jake Wagman. No video of Wagman's arrest is available, precisely because the video cameras were turned off to avoid gaining the attention of the police, who were indeed arresting people at that point while they tried to bring order to the crime scene.
So what do we have? Video corroborating the police report (and the second video from Kelly Owens, showing where she was attacked, also corroborates the police report in full). Two witnesses who stepped forward without ever seeing the police report and corroborating the police story. And an activist, trying to cause trouble, who now is trying to use his disruption to cast doubt on the police report.
What there isn't, once again, is evidence that anything Matthews, Spitz, McCowan, or Molens has claimed has ever been true.