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Deputy Who Busted Mel Gibson Sues

9/7/2010 7:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The L.A. Sheriff's Deputy who arrested Mel Gibson in the infamous 2006 arrest is suing the County of L.A., claiming he's the victim of retaliation.

James Mee Lawsuit

In the lawsuit, Deputy James Mee claims at the time of his arrest, Gibson was a spokesperson for the L.A. County Sheriff's Star Program and had filed a public service announcement for Sheriff Lee Baca, whom Mee says was Gibson's "close friend."

Mee claims he was "unjustly denied" a promotion -- the result of "religious discrimination and retaliation for plaintiff's religion and his report of anti-Semitic remarks by [Gibson]."

You'll recall, TMZ broke the story of Gibson's anti-Semitic rant.  Mee is Jewish.

The suit claims Sergeant Tracy Palmer erased a videotape involving the arrest of Gibson.  Sources tell TMZ Mee has said the alleged video shows Gibson out of control at the jail after his arrest.  Mee has told people the tape shows Gibson screaming at the top of his lungs and pacing in the cell.

TMZ has independently confirmed there was indeed a videotape of Mel at the jail -- the cameras are mounted and trained on the booking area in the Lost Hills jail.

This is the first time Mee has revealed at length the events of July 28, 2006. He claims, as TMZ first reported, he documented Gibson's tirade in his initial report but was ordered by superiors to rewrite the report, deleting the slurs. The lawsuit -- filed by attorneys Etan Lorant and Yael Trock -- goes on to say the original 4 pages in Mee's report were published by TMZ.

Mee says he was immediately targeted as the alleged TMZ leak, despite the fact that other non-Jewish deputies had access to the 4 pages.  Mee says he was unmercifully interrogated, received a negative job performance report and claims it was all the result of religious discrimination.

Mee says the department launched several investigations targeting him, to determine if he was the TMZ leak.  Although Mee didn't mention it, the Sheriff's Department secretly obtained search warrants for the work and home phone records of Harvey Levin.  The Sheriff's Department has never determined who leaked the document.

Sheriff's spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ, "We are looking forward to telling the whole story and the whole story is not being told in this lawsuit.  Ethnicity and gender have nothing to do with any of this.  An investigation was launched by the Sheriff's Department to try and discover who was leaking official documents without authorization.  That is a crime."


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76.

angeleyes    

Officer Mee if you are going to file a complaint about ongoing discrimination perhaps waiting 4 years is a bit too long don't you think? It could well be that your job performance in a number of areas was lacking - and therefore you did not deserve the promotion.

1422 days ago
77.

KoalaBabe    

Amen, to that Genna, he was incompetent therefore failed for promotion it has nothing to do with his jewishness, religion.

1422 days ago
78.

gonesi    

years ago, I dated an LAPD when the OJ deal was going on. He and the rest turned on Mark Ferman for saying the N word.

They take their job very seriously...all I can say is this man broke the code.

When he did that, as far as all the rest are concerned, he couldn't be trusted.

I liked Mark F and thought he got a raw deal..my friend didn't..It isn't a law..it is a code, and they live by it.

When this little whimp did this, they turned on him because they all have taken worse than a slam on their religon, race, size, eye color, etc. If he couldn't cut it...they had no use for him.

It takes a man to do the job..he seems not to be one.

Their mind set is..this is our job..it comes with the territory.

But...the big deal is..did Mel say it? those cruisers have tapes in them...if this guy was going for the gusto..he would have produced that too.

More than likely...Mel never said it.

case closed!

1422 days ago
79.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Shut up and stop it with the White Phosphorus.

Posted at 6:05 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by Buck Boy


What?

1422 days ago
80.

ThinkBeforeYouSpeak    

he is suing for the discrimination he has allegedly been subject to, on an ongoing bases, since he refused to file a sanitized police report in '06.
The release allowing him to sue the department was dated in June of 2010. So the only "wait" was from the time approval was granted until earlier this month.

Posted at 4:42 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by TMZgossip

If that's true then it certainly makes sense to me. Glad

He wasn't allowed to sue untill now? Cause that would throw the conspiracy stories about this post trying to make Mel look bad to help Oksana also if they searched this guy through and through tapping his phones multiple search warrants on house and pc then clearly this guy was not involved in the sale of the dui report so then there goes the Jew conspiracy against Mel too in relation to the dui.

1422 days ago
81.

KoalaBabe    

85.

Officer Mee if you are going to file a complaint about ongoing discrimination perhaps waiting 4 years is a bit too long don't you think? It could well be that your job performance in a number of areas was lacking - and therefore you did not deserve the promotion.

Posted at 6:10 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by angeleyes

Angeleyes he was lucky he was not spat on,kicked,punched and called more sinister remarks like all law enforcer are corrupt, useless cowboy/cowgirl,among other tirades we received when arresting crims/drunks. That we constantly has to have HIV test
for the assaults we received from people we've arrested.

Before you entered the academy each and everyone of us was briefed what expected of us and hazards of the work we are going to undertake.

1422 days ago
82.

Zooma Zoom    

Zoom

1422 days ago
83.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

But...the big deal is..did Mel say it? those cruisers have tapes in them...if this guy was going for the gusto..he would have produced that too.

More than likely...Mel never said it.

case closed!

Posted at 6:16 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by gonesi


Exactly, gonesi.
I have always wondered why the 'other' arresting officer has never spoken up. Not one word. Or 'Sugartits' (a term reported to be used commonly by Officer Mee, not Mel! So who really said it?! we just don't know) has never said anything either. OH wait: those officers are doing their job and keeping their mouths shut......Mee did not.

1422 days ago
84.

Stacy    

But...the big deal is..did Mel say it? those cruisers have tapes in them...if this guy was going for the gusto..he would have produced that too.

More than likely...Mel never said it.

case closed!

Posted at 6:16 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by gonesi

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Good point. If Deputy Mee reported something that wasn't even true and then leaked it to TMZ then NO WONDER his co-workers were cold towards him.

1422 days ago
85.

Javadude54    

I suspect ordering a subordinate officer to fictionalize an arrest report because the person arrested is buddies with the top cops is also a crime, and a far more serious one. Too bad the starstruck police dept has lost sight of their ethical and legal obligations to the public.

1422 days ago
86.

KoalaBabe    

Sam, I would rather being called sugar tits when arresting drunken louts instead of being vomited/spat on/kicked/punched/ or get bitten. That's the reasons for HIV test 3/4 times in year.

1422 days ago
87.

KoalaBabe    

be right back, going to make some breakfast.

1422 days ago
88.

beachgal    

I see Mel's paid bloggers & the crooked Lost Hills cops are deluging the blogs to protect this violent pyscho racist. How much is Mel paying y'all? One of these days he'll kill someone thanks to all the cover-ups by the lost hills keystone kops, guaranteed. Go away ya short little jerk mel, please lol

1422 days ago
89.

Shell    

What? He decides now to sue? Oh brother....

1422 days ago
90.

KoalaBabe    

98.

I see Mel's paid bloggers & the crooked Lost Hills cops are deluging the blogs to protect this violent pyscho racist. How much is Mel paying y'all? One of these days he'll kill someone thanks to all the cover-ups by the lost hills keystone kops, guaranteed. Go away ya short little jerk mel, please lol

Posted at 6:33 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by beachgal

beachgal, we are paid billion each, there is over hundred Mel supporter on TMZ so it costing Mel trillion a day, when new pro-Mel posters appeared each day.

Register to Radar Online to get your payment.

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