South Boston Man Found Not Guilty in Alleged Assault & Battery of Police Officer Following Melee at Popular Cambridge Nightclub

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South Boston man clears name after Cambridge bar brawl (Bellotti Law Group, http://www.bellottilaw.com).

"It was very unfortunate that Officer Pasco was injured in the 100-plus person brawl, but my client maintained his innocence throughout and was misidentified" Boston criminal defense attorney Peter Bellotti of Bellotti Law Group

(Commonwealth v. Matthew Mantyla, Cambridge District Court, 1152 CR 0209) According to court documents, ten Cambridge police officers responded to frantic calls concerning an out-of-control brawl involving upwards of 100 people outside the popular bar on Massachusetts Ave., Phoenix Landing. Officer Pasco, one of the officers at the chaotic scene, was struck in the face by one of the men in the fracas. Officers believed the offender to be Matthew Mantyla, 24, of South Boston, who was arrested on charges of assault and battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct. Mantyla vehemently denied the allegations, but was forced to defend himself in court.

Mantyla’s trial in the jury session of the Cambridge District Court began on April 26 and lasted two days, during which time eight witnesses testified, including injured Cambridge Police Officer Pasco and his eyewitness partner, Officer Sullivan. The officers described a frenzied scene, where Pasco was restraining one man in the fight when his partner, Sullivan, witnessed a man who he believed to be Mantyla, strike his partner with a closed-fist punch. After deliberating for two hours, the jury found Mantyla innocent and a victim of misidentification. Mantyla’s veteran criminal defense attorney, Peter Bellotti, of the Bellotti Law Group, was quick to recognize and appreciate the professional conduct of the Officers.

According to Bellotti, “It was very unfortunate that Officer Pasco was injured in the 100-plus person brawl, but my client maintained his innocence throughout and was misidentified.” Mantyla, understandably frustrated by the course of events, also expressed his understanding that the police were simply conducting their business protecting the public and were professional throughout the ordeal.    

Attorney Bellotti was pleased to see his client’s name cleared. In his 27 years of criminal defense work, he knows that misidentification cases are often present difficult challenges, but they are unfortunately common occurrences. In the end, Mantyla was vindicated and his good name was restored. Visit http://www.bellottilaw.com for more information.

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