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Ex-Fullerton Cop Charged With Destruction Of Evidence After Destroying Audio Recorder

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After a man he arrested hanged himself in his jail cell last year, Fullerton police officer Vincent Thomas Mater ripped the department-issued recorder off his uniform and crushed it, making it impossible to retrieve the audio recording of the conversation he had with the man prior to his death.

On Tuesday, Mater was charged with one count of destruction of evidence in a death investigation and one count of vandalism. He faces up to 18 months in jail for the two misdemeanors.

He will most likely not spend a single day in jail.


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