Man who claimed he was beaten by cops during traffic stop apologizes


by staff, Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 28 at 3:12 PM

HOUSTON – A man who claimed he was beaten up by HPD officers now says the whole thing was made up and is offering an apology.

Matthew Carvin came forward last month, saying he was beaten up during a traffic stop in Montgomery County.

But now, investigators say Carvin was lying. They said he’d actually been involved in a bar fight before officers pulled him over that night, and that’s how he was injured.

Carvin initially filed a complaint with HPD’s Internal Affairs Division, but the complaint has since been withdrawn.

Carvin is still facing a DWI charge.

The Montgomery County prosecutor who investigated the case said the officers involved deserved an apology. That's what Carvin did Wednesday night.

Carvin insisted he never had a clear memory of what happened that night and blamed a friend who was with him in the car for creating the lie in the first place.

“He told me the officer beat me and I believed him,” said Carvin.

Carvin also said he was sorry for causing any harm.

“I’d just like to apologize.  I’m very sorry.  I didn’t mean any of this,” he said.

It’s possible Carvin’s lie could lead to additional charges in the case.

Prosecutors said they were still reviewing the matter.