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Deputy who arrested Mel Gibson says he was punished for fighting coverup

September 7, 2010 |  4:01 pm

The deputy who arrested Mel Gibson in 2006 for drunk driving is accusing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of retaliating against him because he resisted requests from superiors to remove mention of the actor’s anti-Semitic slurs from an initial arrest report.

Deputy James Mee, who filed a lawsuit against the department Tuesday, said that in the four years since the incident, he has been passed over for promotions and has had his performance unfairly scrutinized.

Because the deputy is Jewish, his attorneys said, he was unfairly suspected of leaking details of the tirade to the media.

But a spokesman for Sheriff Lee Baca denied this.

“His ethnicity had nothing to do with this,” sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “The sheriff was trying to find out who had leaked official documents without authorization to do so”

-- Robert Faturechi