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Pittsburgh Police Officer Charged with Deprivation of Civil Rights, Falsifying Report

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in on charges of deprivation of civil rights and falsification of a record, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment, returned on April 5, named Stephen Matakovich, 47, of Pittsburgh, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 28, 2015, Matakovich, a police officer of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, willfully deprived an individual identified as G.D. by punching G.D., pushing G.D., and repeatedly striking G.D., without justification, thereby causing bodily injury to G.D. The indictment further alleges that on or about Nov. 29, 2015, Matakovich made false statements in the record related to the incident, falsely justifying the force used against G.D.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorneys Cindy K. Chung and Stephen S. Gilson are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated April 7, 2016

Civil Rights