The L.A. Times reports:
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s civilian oversight office said Saturday that it will investigate whether authorities gave Mel Gibson preferential treatment when he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and tried to cover up alleged offensive comments and behavior by one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures.
I can announce that I have just completed my own investigation, which took me about two seconds. The results are in: Gibson got preferential treatment.
I spent my two-second investigation recalling the details of yesterday’s post on Gibson, which set forth the contents of police reports that redacted material embarrassing to Gibson. (The Times has confirmed with a confidential source that the documents linked to were indeed accurate.) Oh — and Lee Baca also personally ordered Gibson’s booking photo to be withheld from the media, something which law enforcement generally does not do.
I’ll be publishing the results of my investigation in about four mon — oh, wait. I just did.
Bonus moronic comments from Lee Baca below the fold.
P.S. Lee Baca needs to learn to keep his mouth closed when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about:
Baca on Saturday defended the way his department handled the case and said the actor’s behavior after his arrest is not relevant to the criminal charges.
Uh, why don’t you leave that to the professionals, Lee? Gibson’s behavior throughout the incident is very relevant. And if charges of resisting arrest are filed, then they’re especially relevant.
That’s a real possibility. According to the report, Gibson bolted from the deputies and ran to his vehicle, saying: “I’m not going to get into your [illegible -- car?].”
Relevant? You be the judge. But for God’s sake, don’t let Lee Baca be the judge. He doesn’t think anything Gibson said is pertinent — not that this opinion is based on any actual knowledge of the arrest report’s contents:
Baca said he has not seen the official arrest report and would not comment on what it contained.
“People say stupid things when they are drunk, and they later regret it,” Baca said. “You don’t convict him on what he said. People aren’t convicted for saying stupid things.”
Yeah, because if they were, Lee Baca might be locked up right now.