The deputy who accused the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department of retaliating against him after he arrested Mel Gibson in 2006 on a drunk-driving charge is being fired, an official said.
After arresting Gibson, Deputy James Mee sued the department, alleging his supervisors targeted him because he resisted requests to remove the actor's anti-Semitic slurs from an initial arrest report.
Earlier this year, he reached a settlement agreement for $50,000.
Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore would not comment on the details of the firing, but he denied it was retaliation for Mee's lawsuit.
"It has nothing to do whatsoever with the Mel Gibson arrest," he said.
Richard A. Shinee, Mee's attorney, said the department has been after Mee since the Gibson incident.
"Now they’ve put together this extremely flimsy case against him. This is a guy who had an outstanding career, a leader in street safety," he said. "He was well-respected until after the department got embarrassed by the Mel Gibson case, and they have pursued him relentlessly ever since."
Shinee said the department is trying to fire Mee over a June 17, 2011, pursuit of a drunk driver who slammed into a gas station, causing a fire. Mee received a letter dated June 7 notifying him the department intended to fire him, Shinee said.
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