Now that we are a few days past Mel Gibson’s big meltdown there are a few people starting to ask questions about what might be a bigger story lying just below the surface, that is law enforcement in Los Angeles having a set of rules for some people, and then a different set for everyone else. LA.com writes:
“The latest on Hollywood’s not-so-friendly drunk Mel Gibson: LA Sheriff Lee Baca, who has previously referred to Gibson as “such a wonderful man,” is currently being investigated for attempting to cover up last week’s anti-Semitic tirade. Reports are emerging that the police were slow to reveal details of Gibson’s outburst; the department is conducting an internal investigation as to whether members of the LAPD were attempting to keep Gibson’s loud mouth hush-hush.”
Of course the LAPD had nothing to do with this, and Sheriff Lee Baca runs the LASO, but that’s just details, right? Anyway, when TMZ broke the story, they made a point of addressing this very topic but I think people were so upset by the anti-semitism that they missed this, at least initially. Now it’s settling and this is starting to sink in. TMZ originally wrote:
“Deputy Mee then wrote an eight-page report detailing Gibson’s rampage and comments. Sources say the sergeant on duty felt it was too “inflammatory.” A lieutenant and captain then got involved and calls were made to Sheriff’s headquarters. Sources say Mee was told Gibson’s comments would incite a lot of “Jewish hatred,” that the situation in Israel was “way too inflammatory.” It was mentioned several times that Gibson, who wrote, directed, and produced 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ,” had incited “anti-Jewish sentiment” and “For a drunk driving arrest, is this really worth all that?”
We’re told Deputy Mee was then ordered to write another report, leaving out the incendiary comments and conduct. Sources say Deputy Mee was told the sanitized report would eventually end up in the media and that he could write a supplemental report that contained the redacted information — a report that would be locked in the watch commander’s safe.”
Of course Mel Gibson made a commercial for the LASO and this isn’t the first time they have been accused of giving special treatment to certain people. Baca’s Executive Reserve Program has been looked at as simply a way to reward campaign contributors by giving them Concealed Carry Weapon Permits, and his recent ties to Scientology has a whole new group of people asking questions. I’m thinking this Gibson thing is going to get a lot more interesting before it goes away.