Sheriff's Deputies Win Excessive Force Case Against Immigration Protestor

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Jay Brockman
OC jury sides again with deputies
In 2005, Hugo Sarmiento of Los Angeles attended a Garden Grove protest against right-wing activist Jim Gilchrist and his anti-immigrant Minuteman Project, got arrested by cops he claims fabricated charges in hopes of sending him to prison and then landed inside the Orange County Jail, where he says deputies assaulted him.

Prosecutors weren't impressed with the cops' sensational assertions and offered to dismiss the case if Sarmiento accepted a wrist slap for a minor misdemeanor. Though he agreed, he also sued Garden Grove police and sheriff's deputies.

He lost the case, but the Ninth Circuit court of appeals believed the dismissal of Sarmiento's case against the deputies was flawed and ordered a new trial that took place last month.

The alleged particulars are interesting: After spending hours in custody of Garden Grove cops, a completely sober Sarmiento--now a P.h.D student at UCLA--was transferred to the county jail, where he says obnoxious deputies yelled, "This Mexican speaks English," declared him intoxicated, tossed him into the drunk tank, kicked and punched him in the face, and interrogated him about his political beliefs.

Lawyers for the deputies portrayed the claims as ridiculous.

Like they customarily do, an Orange County federal jury didn't see any evidence of deputy wrongdoing either.

Go HERE to see the original report on this case.

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elenoreflores
elenoreflores

I'm starting to get the feeling that the media is trying to instill fear in us by reporting on incidents where the police brutalize and get away with it.  Are there no cases of police brutality that end up in the victims favor?  We do need to be aware, but I refuse to fear them.  


If the government (any branch including county and cities) doesn't want something publicized it doesn't get publicized.  I'm beginning to think that all these horror stories are being overly reported on because the police want more control over the citizens and nothing works better for that than good old fear.

spgeep09
spgeep09

That's OCPD motto, "to serve (you an azz whipping while nobody is looking) and protect the public.

 "Thugs with badges"

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"was transferred to the county jail, where he says obnoxious deputies yelled, "This Mexican speaks English," declared him intoxicated, tossed him into the drunk tank, kicked and punched him in the face, and interrogated him about his political beliefs.

Lawyers for the deputies portrayed the claims as ridiculous.

Like they customarily do, an Orange County federal jury didn't see any evidence of deputy wrongdoing either."


This is why the whole world one day is going to vomit on the Anaheim/Garden Grove entertainment complex rather than visit it. No one is going to want to travel across the world to help fund a bunch of racist sociopaths decimating a minority community for profit. 


In other words, it ain't gonna matter what an OC jury thinks.

René Bruce
René Bruce

Typical ! Can't wait to move out of this shithole sooner then later as law enforcement is outta control !!!

vivamehico
vivamehico

lol... another beaner with a worthless degree in chicano studies.. the real students laugh at these mentally deficient morons... have a great time at mcdonalds with your ph.d. in chicano studies, loser

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

Best wishes to Hugo Sarmiento.  I think his advanced educational experience as a Ph. D. student at UCLA will help him see that promoting violence, especially in an absurd attempt to suppress someone's free speech, is wrong, unproductive, and can lead to spending a lot of time weaving through the judicial system.  


Sarmiento is not the first person I have known to declare himself a victim after getting into a scuffle with cops.  Apparently, Sarmiento and his thug buddies didn't think they were doing anything wrong when they pelted cops on horseback and bystanders with cans of frozen sodas and marbles.  All of this raucous conduct in an attempt to prevent me from speaking about our nation's "illegal" alien immigration dilemma.  


The presence of law enforcement was the only reason my civil rights to freely speak to an audience of over 300 people were not suppressed by Sarmiento's clan that night.  I suppose they would have lynched me if they could have broken through the police lines. :)  


I truly hope that Mr. Sarmiento will graduate from UCLA as a more enlightened person who understands that freedom of thought and speech is an irrevocable right applicable to ALL of us.  Someday, cops en masse will be protecting him from goons who will want to viciously prevent him from speaking somewhere. I certainly will be there to defend his right to speak.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project


PS to R S Moxley:  You spelled my name incorrectly; how disappointing.  :) 



Jason Roberson
Jason Roberson

This is why officer involved case's should not be held in the county where the accused is employed.

mannybanny
mannybanny

@18usc241 Based on the amount of commentary, I am assuming you are Sarmiento.

What did the County jail cameras show, where you say obnoxious deputies kicked and punched you in the face?

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

The system worked quite well in this case.  


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@jimgilchrist  your attempt to portray Orange County, CA cops as always innocent angels and heroes is unsustainable Mr. Gilchrist. From harassment / intimidation to attempted murder. There is no part of the United States criminal code that this group hasn't defiled. 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

great point!

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

I agree with Paul Valeriano.  Sarmiento and his thugs are a complete joke.


Thank God we have police officers who take their jobs seriously.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

They exposed the L.A. jailers as being complete A-holes! Now I hope O.C. is next! because truth be told? they are too!!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

No I'm not Sarmiento. You can tell by the photo next to my name here 18USC241. Me llamo ... German Santos. The Latino guy with first name German in German town.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

@18usc241 @jimgilchrist  Your witch-hunting attempt to portray Orange County, California cops (actually, all cops everywhere) as always guilty, and satanic mutants on a mission from Hell, regardless of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident at issue here, is absolutely unsustainable.


I stand with the court jury, the defense attorneys, and the defending Fullerton cops in this matter.  They did the best they could under the facts and circumstances of the situation.  While they should not be commended for the results of their actions of enforcing the law, neither should they be condemned.  


Personally, I think the police officers involved each have a case against the City of Fullerton for wrongful termination…just as the father of Kelly Thomas has a case for the unfortunate death of his son.


Since this situation is now all about millions of dollars of compensatory damages, or whatever it is called, for the benefit of the decedent's parents, I think the wrongfully terminated police officers also deserve compensatory damages of at least $1,000,000 (one million).  Hopefully, their lawyers can get awards larger than that for each of them.  They deserve it.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project



jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

@hitman_martinelli  How much time have you spent in Orange County jails? 


You give my many Italian friends and colleagues a bad reputation. 


Please grow up.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The MInuteman Project

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Cops can never do any wrong -> fantasy.

More blah blah blah about Satan. Satan is probably too embarrased to be associated with this.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

@18usc241  Please tell me you are not an aspiring lawyer.  We have enough incompetent lawyers and judges already.


However, the judge and defense attorneys presiding over the trial against the Fullerton police officers were pretty competent, in my humble opinion.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

@18usc241  Actually, wannabe counselor, I was referring to your apparent fantasy that cops are satanic mutants from Hell.  


Sorry you have a phobia about cops.  I bet you think there is a cop hiding behind every tree, just waiting to leap out and pummel you.



18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@jimgilchrist @18usc241  Never said "all cops everywhere". Just the criminal cops everywhere. Straw man argument refuted. 


If your good name and reputation had been deliberately smeared by cops masquerading as men of law and integrity, I would forgive you for referring to them as "satanic mutants on a mission from Hell". Your words not mine. 

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