Deputy Who Arrested Mel Gibson Asserts Discrimination and Harassment

Mel Gibson’s infamous drunk-driving incident in July 2006 has ruined the life of the deputy who arrested him, a lawsuit alleges.  Sheriff’s Deputy James Mee is suing the County of Los Angeles for alleged discrimination and harassment.  Mee claims he’s been subject to repeated disciplinary action and overlooked for promotions ever since he complained to his bosses that Gibson received preferential treatment from police.  Mee claims he was ordered by his superiors, Lt. Crystal Miranda and Sgt. Kevin Finch, to delete portions of his report shortly after Gibson was arrested “effectively participating in covering up the anti-Semitic posture of Mr. Gibson,” the lawsuit states.  Gibson had close ties to the sheriff’s department and also lent his time and name to various law enforcement initiatives, the lawsuit adds.  “My client is being retaliated against because he is a Jewish deputy,” Mee’s attorney stated.  “He was the most logical person for the police to investigate, but they didn’t look into any other deputies. They started with him and ended with him, even though other deputies had access to the report. They should’ve kept investigating.”  Read More. 

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