2023 National Center for Police Defense Executive Letter

Thank you for your continued support and donations for 2023. This year, your donations went a long way towards supporting our mission and supporting our police officers! Here’s how your donations and support helped the officers in 2023.  

Thanks to you, we were able to get two of our officers acquitted

Officer Matthew Mistretta – Hartford, Michigan  

He was criminally charged with 2-counts of Assault and Battery and 1 count of misconduct by a public official. He was looking at up to 7 years in prison! The jury got this one right!! The evidence given to the jury during the trial found him not guilty on all charges!!! 

Officer Tyler Peake – Tyler, Michigan 

Officer Peake was criminally charged with 1 count of Misconduct of Office and 1 count of Assault and Battery. He was looking at up to 7 years in prison! The jury got this one right!! When all the evidence was presented to the jury, they came back with a not guilty on all charges!!! 

Here are some of our cases that are coming up this year: 

Officer Chris Taylor- Austin, Texas 

Chris is charged with the murder of a known bad actor who intended to proffer a drug deal and possibly had a firearm. When Chris confronted the individual, he got back into his vehicle and drove it at the at officers and trying.  

to run them over. Chris shot several times from his rifle stopping the threat. If he would not have done that there would have been officer injured or even killed if they got hit by the vehicle.  Chris has gone to trial twice on this case. The first case was a mistrial because they could not seat a jury. The second trial was also a mistrial – hung jury 8-4 in in favor of not guilty verdict. Now DA Garza wants to try him a 3rd time and the date has been set for September 24, 2023.  He is looking up to life in prison. 

Officer Chance Bretches- Austin, Texas 

Officer Bretches has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery by Public Servant. He is looking up to life in prison. He was working in a high crime area and was taking a drug dealer into custody when he resisted arrest.  

The suspect was charged and found guilty of the following charges: 3rd degree felony possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) and tampering with evidence. The suspect was found guilty and is serving a 3-year sentence.  

His trial date is set for April 8, 2024. 

Officer Jeff Teng – Austin, Texas 

He was charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Assault and Battery. He is looking up to life in prison for these charges. These charges stem from the riots for 2020. He and his fellow officers were trying to save Austin Texas from burning down by all the rioters. He is being charged for using less lethal shotgun runs to stop rioters from throwing rocks, frozen water bottles at him and the other officer. Which could have caused serious bodily injuries. His trial date has been set for June 3, 2024.  

Again, Thank you for your ongoing support and donations. Feel free to give me a call or email if you have any questions.  


Bert Eyler, Vice President  

National Center for Police Defense, Inc., 501(c)(3) 

Email – beyler@nationalcenterforpolicedenfense.com 

Cell – 703-743-4331 

The National Center for Police Defense, Inc., (NCPD) is a 501©(3) non-profit organization, also encompasses National Center for Police & Military Defense (NCP&MD) which is a DBA of NCPD. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.