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12-28-06, 08:33 PM #1
Deputy who arrested Mel Gibson claims his agency is harassing him
The sheriff's deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for drunken driving six months ago says his superiors have harassed him ever since a report detailing the star's anti-Semitic tirade was leaked to a celebrity news Web site.
Deputy James Mee was transferred to another assignment, interrogated for several hours, and investigators seized a computer and phone records during a search of his home, his attorney told the Los Angeles Times for its Thursday editions.
"His life and career would be a lot different had he not made that arrest," attorney Richard Shinee said.
Neal Tyler, a division chief who oversees the sheriff's office where Gibson was booked, denied that Mee was singled out and said he didn't know of any problems with Mee's treatment.
He declined to discuss Mee's specific complaints because of confidentiality rules, but he said, "I disagree with the assessment that personnel in the department or at the station have been relating to him or supervising him in an unfair manner."
Mee arrested Gibson July 29 in Malibu on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. An arrest report signed by Mee and posted on the celebrity news Web site TMZ said Gibson was belligerent and quoted him as saying: "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."
The actor-director later apologized to the Jewish community and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.
After Gibson's much-publicized arrest, investigations were opened into whether Gibson received preferential treatment, and into who leaked Mee's report to TMZ.
"My client has denied he gave the report to anyone," Shinee said.
12-28-06, 09:04 PM #2
Looks like the Deputy was the only one to see Mel as a citizen not exempt from DUI laws. The rest of the chain apparently sees it differently. They want to punish the guy for not bowing to celebrity power............................................
12-28-06, 09:49 PM #3
How about if he arrested him for profit? How about if he DID leak the report and information to the media? Would that change things?September 11, 2001 - All gave some, some gave all. Never forget -- Never forgive.......... RIP Brothers and Sisters.
12-28-06, 10:15 PM #4
Well there should be a investigation into what happened but the Deputy should not be unfairly treated! If it's found that he did leak the info and if it was in violation of departmental rules/regs then he'll "pay" for it I'm sure.-"Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway."
-“Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.”
R.I.P. Officer Larry Cox
12-28-06, 10:30 PM #5
If the report was leaked, it was public record anyway. The only thing is the Deputy MAY have violated Dept policy if he leaked it. If so then he gets his counseling and let him get back to work............................................
12-29-06, 01:26 AM #6Banned
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This reminded me of a question I have for y'all about fiction and reality.
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In a great many detective novels there's the gruff, but lovable retired cop who keeps copies of all the cases he's worked. You know the character.
Not talking his notes, rather all documents and reports related to the case. I would think in this modern age of HIPAA regulations and such that'd be against some rules. But is it?
Maybe I should save up a bunch of dimestore detective questions and start a thread about them
12-29-06, 01:41 AM #7
12-29-06, 01:48 AM #8The virtue of spirit has no need for thanks or approval. Only the certain conviction that what has been done is right. -Jor El, as played by Marlon Brando
12-29-06, 10:31 AM #9
I dont know the laws in California but I believe all police reports are public record anyway. So what does it matter who leaked the report.Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friend. John 15:13
12-29-06, 12:03 PM #10Originally Posted by Terminator
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