Panel: Deputy known for Mel Gibson arrest was wrongly fired

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Posted: Sep 24, 2015 3:26 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission has ruled that the former sheriff's deputy involved in Mel Gibson's 2006 drunken-driving arrest should not have been fired after a different incident.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1MLwdWq ) the commission agreed Wednesday with a hearing officer who found that James Mee was wrongly fired after a suspected drunken driver he had tried to pull over sped off and crashed into a gas station in 2011.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department claimed Mee violated pursuit policy.

Mee testified that he followed the car but wasn't in pursuit.

Mee's lawyers argued that Mee's managers falsely blamed him for leaking details of Gibson's arrest and anti-Semitic tirade. The lawyers alleged Mee was subsequently subjected to harassment and unfair discipline, then fired.