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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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121.

Sqiggy    

I said that 2 different reports go read again.

1475 days ago
122.

Kilmerfan     

Four years later he remembers this stuff. Good grief. I should sue the Smurfs for my missing socks.

Team Mel

I got a title for Mees book Diary of a Whiny Cop

1475 days ago
123.

Kilmerfan     

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.


Posted at 6:58 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by KoalaBabe

I am paid in Scooby snacks. Yum!

1475 days ago
124.

Anon    

I had to check even though I have avoided the Mel fan club for a couple of weeks. It's clear now, that Mel could do ANYTHING and the Mel fan club will defend him and attack the victim. To them, Mel can do no wrong no matter what he does. TMZ is the only site that supports Mel like this.

I truly sympathize with this officer and with Oksana. It sounds like the officer had Mel's rages on tape too. And it sounds like Mel's anger issues are much bigger than anyone will admit.

1475 days ago
125.

WhoKnows    

You don't even make sense, Anon. This is a lazy whiny cop who doesn't want to work anymore..and blame everyone else for his ineptitude. It has nothing to do with Moocher Oinky. Actually, it doesn't even have anything to do with Mel. So if you came here just to throw a wrench in, at least make sense.

1475 days ago
126.

jessup    

Mel owns the L.A. Sheriff and the DA'sffice. He is untouchable!
The FBI should follow the money.

1475 days ago
127.

JLS    

So, the sheriff is friends with old Mel, huh. That explains a few things. I think it's Mel that should be jailed and terminated from his employment. He's a genuine a hole and psychotic. Proof is EVERYWHERE if you look and listen.

1475 days ago
128.

V    

I don't know what to make of this case. This is an election year. His attorneys secured the right to sue in June yet they waited until Sept to file?

Also noticed when this first began he had a different attorney, a Richard Shinee. At some point he changed attorneys. Here is a link from Dec. 2006 -

http://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/12/29/pulled-over/


Apparently Deputy Mee didn't want any discriminating claims investigated by the STATE or the FEDERAL EEOC he wants to SUE and he wants money.

Not sure why his attorneys didn't keep the chronology straight?

Hired May 1989. He worked as a Deputy for seven years. Didn't look like he got very far up the ladder in those seven years does it? Wonder how often he tried for positions between 1989- june 2006?

2006 July 28 Arrests Mel Gibson. Argues w/his supervisors.
2006 Aug 23 NEGATIVE PERFORMANCE LOG REPORT
2006 Aug 31 NOT HIRED as TRAFFIC INVESTIGATOR
2006 Oct 10 NOT HIRED as STATION COURT DEPUTY
2006 Dec 01 ***COMPLAINT MADE BY ARRESTEE against MEE***
Internal Investigation
2006 Dec 02 Argues w/ Supervisor re: Vehicle Inspection Sheet
2007 Sept06 ***SUSPENDED for 3 days***
2007 Oct 02 NOT HIRED as TRAFFIC INVESTIGATOR
2008 Feb XX UNIT LEVEL PERFORMANCE REVIEW/MONITORING
2008 Jun 02 COMMAND REVIEW HEARING HELD
2008 Jun 07 NOT HIRED TRAFFIC SERVICES DEPUTY at RISK MAN.BUR 2008 Aug 08 NOT HIRED MOTORCYCLE TRANSIT SERVICE BUREAU
2008 SEP 18 NOT HIRED MOTORCYCLE DEPUTY LANCASTER STATION
2009 Jul 21 ??? SHERIFF DEPT CRIMINAL CHARGES DA REFUSED ???
2009 Aug 28 NOT HIRED MOTORCYCLE DEPUTY LOST HILLS STATION - ** NOTE: NO ONE HIRED, position as of Sept.open
2010 MAY 27 Claims Internal Affair "fishing expedition"
RE: Mel Gibson arrest of July 28, 2006
2010 Jun 01 SECURES RIGHT TO SUE

EVERY TIME HE IS NOT SELECTED, HE NOTES someone LESS QUALIFIED is hired.
EVERY TIME HE IS NOT SELECTED, HE BLAMES RELIGION DISCRIMINATION

If you go back and review the news clippings from July - Dec. 2006 you will find Deputy Mee quoted over and over again. I found that really strange. I expected to find quotes from the INFORMATION or PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER. I wonder if that has something to do with this?

I found the link below interesting - Apparently there was some lawsuit which concluded in 2008 and LA SHERIFF's Dept has been progressively trying to hire 20 percent FEMALES. I wonder if this guy didn't get the memo? If you go to their recruitment site you see a photo of ALL GIRLS and the blip about why they want females.


http://www.lasdhq.org/recruitment/index-sworn.html

Also interesting this man's lawsuit completely omits WHO he arrested in DEC who filed a complaint against him

Why in Feb. 2008 his CAPTAIN put him on review and in June why there was a COMMAND Hearing. All of the specifics are missing.

1475 days ago
129.

Sincerity    

@emerald

Do you really believe that Los Angeles County didn't see Deputy Mee's lawsuit coming? They were notified when his "right to sue letter" was issued and I'm quite sure they have been preparing their defense. Deputy James Mee is Los Angeles County's headache -- not Mel Gibson's. Deputy Mee has "the right to sue" and may have been waiting for an acceptable settlement offer. When none materialized, he filed his lawsuit. To be perfectly honest, the timing just may be coincidental because Deputy Mee would have a limited amount of time to file his lawsuit from the date his "right to sue letter" was issued. Emerald, realistically, Deputy Mee IS NOT responsible for Mel Gibson's overall well being. Deputy Mee has to do what's in his best interests and that of his family's. Furthermore, in Mel Gibson's case, Oksana Grigorieva has THE GREATEST BURDEN to prove her allegations and to avoid being indicted for extortion. Regardless of how it seems, it's a mistake to lump Deputy Mee's problems in with Mel Gibson's even if someone is possibly trying to "muddy the waters", so to speak. The courts and the district attorney are the most influential parties at this point, not the public!!! They have all the evidence at their disposal and their the ones Oksana has to persuade. Stop giving her more power than she realistically has. If any influential people are backing her, they're only going just so far by supporting her. Frankly, I'M NOT IMPRESSED!!!

1475 days ago
130.

azlee    

gonesi,
I have 5 retired cops as very good friends, they tell me that today cops aren't like yesterday's cops. They don't stick to the code, it is stab someone in the back, do whatever you can to advance.

They say sadly and mad too!

1475 days ago
131.

Shuffle Demon    

Well I can't say I am suprised this lawsuit was filed 4 years later. I think there is a lot of logic to it if you think about it. It is serving a few different purposes. It keeps the hate/racist/anger angle in the public eye ( who would benefit by having this in the public eye? ) It would serve the purpose of getting the public to concentrate their attention of OxSabity and back to Mel. It would also benefit Oxsanity in that people would argue and post comments on this issue and NOY comments on her contradictory statements and stories, and her issues of wanting/needing more money. The timing of this is just a little uncanny, I think this is the perfect deversion of getting people to stop talking about her and tide the swell of public opinion that has grown about this case in favour of Mel. OxSanity's support with the people has taken a beating since the leak of tape after tape after tape, and then the photo's reaised questions and of course her stories and their varied versions and her statements and comments about this has raised even more question and has the public questioning her truth of things she has said.....So if you ask me, I don't think this is a coincedence at all.. a matter of perfect timing...sure seems to look that way....wouldn't be the first time someone has has used a diversionary tactic to get someone off the original matter at hand

1475 days ago
132.

lee    

Apparently the new income du jour is via scamming, extorting and/or suing.....whatever happened to earning a living.......

1475 days ago
133.

KoalaBabe    

To all know it all!!
Please read this regarding racial slur or if the racist remarks are punishable by law.

Hugs all Team Mel and Team Truth.

Can I have somebody arrested for making a racist remark?
Would I need proof or would the police accept my statement? What if it is gestures aimed at me, that could be construed as being racist?

Could I get compensation?

Answers:
Depends on the remark, but it could come under Public Order Act Offences of threatening/insulting words or behaviour, or maybe harrassment if it's repeated behaviour. If any offence is deemed to be racially aggravated, this automatically makes it more serious and the penalty imposed would be harsher.

Generally speaking, if the victims perceives that the behaviour was racist, it is deemed to be so.

Compensation could be awarded by the courts if the case came to prosecution, although in practice compensation orders are not made that often.

Talk to the police, they have a remit to deal with all forms of hate crime and should take your complaint seriously. Whether the perpetrator is ever taken to court depends on whether they can obtain enough evidence for a charge and prosecution, but you should still report it anyway. That way the crime statistics for reported crimes give a better picture of how widespread a problem this is. I don't think so. There is no law against it.

It just proves that they are an idiot.

Opps, Sorry,I apologize to idiots everywhere for comparing them to racists... Sure, maybe if you live in Cuba. You can maybe try harassment, but arrest is doubtful. Grow up. No. Racist speech is protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

You would have to prove that a), the person made threats to harm or kill you, and b) that it is credible that the person might actually carry them out.

If just used a racial slur, you have nothing be free speech. You will need proof. Are you that thin skinned that you can't take a racist remark or two? Remember the sticks and stone rule and be an example of what not to be. Freedom of speech The police would be obliged to investigate your report, but with no proof other than your statement, it is unlikely that charges would be brought. Gestures certainally do count. No, it's not illegal to be stupid. If they've threatened you in anyway, you can press charges for that, but there is no compensation. Freedom of speech, no matter how hateful, is protected. I get called white trash all the time but no-one takes me seriously when i complain about being people being racist, but then when the boots on the other foot, that is a whole new story. Not necessarily. If it is a continued thing it could be considered harassment. If they commit an actual crime against you (assault) while yelling racial slurs, it will be considered a hate crime. Just to call you a racial slur, not gonna be able to prosecute. You want to sue? For what damages? Your feelings were hurt? Good luck with that. No!! What kind of country would this be if people were arrested for simply making a remark that you didn't like, regardless of the fact was it racist or not. You could file a civil law suite if you wanted but that would be frivolous in my opinion. I am not sure that you could, I think that an awful lot of proof would be needed. P.S. your Avatar is very strange why have your got whitish marks round the edge of our face? Is it one that your have constructed yourself. "If anyone speaks badly of you, live so that none will believe it."

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1475 days ago
134.

ohreally    

Whatever Mel was attracted to in the OX, it apparently was discovered to be false... like her plastic face, anatomy, and most importantly her soul. Oh no, wait. She doesn't have a soul. How could she, with everything she has done, including to her own children, using them as meal tickets.
She is despised by most Americans and will continue to be, as she is the world's most infamous whoring gold digger.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, oinksana.

1475 days ago
135.

KoalaBabe    

Mel owns the L.A. Sheriff and the DA'sffice. He is untouchable!
The FBI should follow the money.

Posted at 9:12 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by jessup

140.

So, the sheriff is friends with old Mel, huh. That explains a few things. I think it's Mel that should be jailed and terminated from his employment. He's a genuine a hole and psychotic. Proof is EVERYWHERE if you look and listen.

Posted at 9:22 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by JLS

Mate, you two made me laughed, I just hope you live a saintly life and don't break any law in the near future. Witchunt if ugly and heart breaking when your a victim.
I've seen many people commited suicides due to media witchunt.
What makes me sick, "THEY WERE THE FIRST ONE TO OFFER CONDOLENCES"
To the dead person family, to profit from that person demised, which they've contributed.

And all of this about headlines grabbing, to make Mel a real demon even though he'd atone for his past mistakes.
So whomever crucifying him for sins whom he was remorseful with it, your in league with Oksana.
You are heartless and no soul.

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