Fullerton Policeman Accused Of Destroying Evidence After Jail Cell Suicide

FULLERTON (CBS/AP) — A former police officer in Fullerton is accused of crushing his audio recorder and destroying any comments made in the arrest of a suspected drunken driver who later committed suicide in jail.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Vincent Mater was charged with destruction of evidence and vandalism.

The Fullerton officer arrested Dean Gochenour during an April 2011 traffic stop upon determining he was driving under the influence. That night, Gochenour hanged himself.

Mater was placed on administrative leave in June and later quit. He was not found criminally responsible in the death.

Fullerton police made headlines last year when some officers were accused of excessive force in the arrest of a mentally ill man who died from his injuries.

According to the LA Times, Mater told investigators there was nothing on the audio recording he “would not want others to hear.”

The officer claims he flung the recording device against a metal door out of frustration over difficulties in downloading the audio.

It was not immediately clear if Mater has an attorney.

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  1. lee says:

    Corrupt California DEA where stealing drugs from evidence vaults and reselling them to cover extensive credit card debt.
    They also are creating suspects by planting evidence just so that they can steal from them.
    Given the choice of suspension or dealing with their debt most DEA are thinking outside the box.

    1. JOHN says:

      WHAT ELSE IS NEW. NOTHING HAPPENS TO THESE ANIMALS. THESE PSYCHOS WALK AWAY WITH DISABILITY PENSIONS. PENSIONS SHOULD BE FIRST PENALTY GONE. ANY SETTLEMENTS FOR VICTIMS SHOULD BE EXTRACTED FROM POLICE PENSION FUNDS.

  2. Christina39 says:

    The officer claims he flung the recording device against a metal door out of frustration over difficulties in downloading the audio

    You have to give a hand to the Fullerton Police Department for most corrupt. When Manny Ramos was in court, officers from the FPD stood and and saluted him. He only murdered a homeless man.

    1. JOHN says:

      SAD BUT TRUE AND RAMOS WILL WALK AND BE PROMOTED.

  3. City of Devils says:

    And why is this news? This is the least of the corruption in the city of Los Angeles.

  4. malasangre says:

    i thought they might also mention the Fullerton officers who falsely arrested and jailed for months, lied in court until defense showed a video. the cop who stole an iPad at the Miami airporty. the stealing pill head, a cop who recently had the city pay 350G to two women he molested in his squad car, (six more have cases),The Friends of Fullertons website goes on and on. This cop was a Brady cop when this happened

    1. JOHN says:

      LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT. THE SYSTEM IS CORRUPT. THE CITIZENS OF FULLERTON DESERVE WHAT THEY ARE GETTING FROM THIS CRIME FAMILY DOMINATING THEIR CITY. THE TAXPAYERS IN FULLERTON ARE TO DUMB TO TAKE THEIR CITY BACK.

  5. E Handel says:

    Lets not forget how well the judical system works in this country. anyone remember the ride that Ed Jegels, Andrew Gindes, and Judge Gary Friedman took the town of bakersfield for? all those innocent people in jail for all those years, and NO ACCOUNTABLITY for the biased representatives of our “legal” system.

  6. Christina39 says:

    Does anybody know what the Fulleton Police Department actually looks for when hiring an officer? They seem to have quite a bunch there. They are even infamous in other states.

    1. JOHN says:

      KICKBACKS UP THE FOOD CHAIN. SHAKEDOWN CITY.

  7. Bridget Wiseman says:

    This is Dean’s daughter. On Saturday, March 17, 2012, there is a planned protest. I will be at the Fullerton Police Department at noon with my signs, feel free to join me and come earlier. We need to bring a voice, not only to my father, but all people who have been affected negatively by this department. Please bring you and your friends, even if just for a half hour, it will mean a lot.

    Post this on your Facebook page. Let’s use today’s social media as a way of provoking change and thought. This is an important and beautiful opportunity to positively influence the community that you live in. If you want more information, please visit Dean Gochenour’s Facebook page. It will constantly be updated and friend requested, as well. There have been several people who did not know my dad, but support this cause. Thank you for your support and positive thoughts.

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