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  • Calif. Highway Patrol Sued Over Civil Rights

    http://newsmax.com/archives/articles...310.shtml?s=lh

    FREMONT, Calif. -- A woman of Iranian descent is suing the California Highway Patrol, alleging that an officer who stopped her for speeding accused her "people" of being responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    Zahra Sedaghatpour, 38, of Fremont, alleges her civil rights were violated when Officer Jon Schatmeier, 32, berated her after she asked not to be cited for traveling 79 mph on Interstate 680 last year.

    "Today is Sept. 12. Do you remember Sept. 11? Do you know what happened on Sept. 11?" Schatmeier said, according to the lawsuit filed March 29 in federal court in San Francisco. "It's people like you who killed all of our people. This is our country! Why don't you go back to your country?"

    Schatmeier told the woman to "shut up" and refused to provide a business card when she asked for one, according to the lawsuit. When the officer asked her to sign the citation, Sedaghatpour asked whether she could read it first.

    The officer yelled, "I don't have time for you foreigners to sit in your Mercedes. You think you own the road! You think you own the country," according to the lawsuit. He also pulled her out of the car to berate her further, the lawsuit said.

    A patrol supervisor arrived at the scene and told the officer to release Sedaghatpour, who then went to a hospital to be treated for bruises on her arm and leg and elbow pain, the lawsuit says. She also filed a complaint that day against the patrol, her attorney Hunter Pyle said.

    "We want the officer to be held accountable," Pyle said.

    It was not immediately known whether Sedaghatpour was seeking monetary damages. A telephone message left with her attorney was not immediately returned.

    A patrol spokesman refused to comment, citing pending litigation. A woman who answered the phone at the patrol said Schatmeier was unavailable for comment.

  • #2
    If (and that's a pretty big if) the officer said and did all that he was wrong.

    But it sure sounds to me like she had a lawsuit cocked and locked and ready to rock, and was just waiting for the right time to pull the trigger.
    Cogito ergo summopere periculosus.

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    • #3
      My guess? He told her something like, "You don't own the whole road just 'cause you're in a Mercedes, and I don't have time for you to sit here. Sign the ticket!" I bet she got pulled out of the car because she was refusing to sign and was going to go to jail. The sergeant arrived, got her to sign, thus she was released.

      The suspect's version is extremely dubious.
      Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

      I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ateamer
        My guess? He told her something like, "You don't own the whole road just 'cause you're in a Mercedes, and I don't have time for you to sit here. Sign the ticket!" I bet she got pulled out of the car because she was refusing to sign and was going to go to jail. The sergeant arrived, got her to sign, thus she was released.

        The suspect's version is extremely dubious.
        "if" you are going to lecture- release.period. if you intend to cite, get to the point,ala," you committed X,Y,Z, violation, please wait here until I return".If they want to hold "street court" ,listen politely for a few seconds, then present the cite and ask them to sign -nothing else.present the cite and re ener your patrol car.If you can't do that- make sure that pocket tape recorder( they have the "sweet" digital ones now) is on and functioning properly.These days ,no one is RESPONSIBLE for the viols. they commit and everyone-repeat-everyone is yelling "racial profiling",or harassment when stopped..............
        "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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        • #5
          What a pile of crap.

          If he said it, then he deserves the trouble he's going to get. I know as a profession we are not perfect, and that there are always going to be the odd nut, but come on.


          Another venue for terrorism - "the lawsuit".

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          • #6
            Is there video of the stop? I wonder what the Police in Iran would do to her if she refused to sign the summons? Maybe she should take her lawyer and go back there and drive her Mercedes up and down the dirt roads of Iran until she gets stopped and see what happens to her.
            "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. The MARINES don't have that problem." ....Ronald Reagan

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            • #7
              Likely

              It has often been my observation that when people profess to have been victimized in some cruel way, and the other party denies it vehemently, the truth is likely somewhere in-between. No, the officer probably didnt rant and rave in the manner the complainant alleges. However, he likely isnt as pure as the driven snow either. In all probablity, he acted wrongly, but not to the gross extent the citizen states he did.

              If he did say all the things alleged, he should be fired.

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              • #8
                Even if he DID say it exactly as the "victim" says it happened...I fail to see where any violation of her civil rights took place. Just speaking mean to someone doesnt rise to that level.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by UCHM1
                  It has often been my observation that when people profess to have been victimized in some cruel way, and the other party denies it vehemently, the truth is likely somewhere in-between. No, the officer probably didnt rant and rave in the manner the complainant alleges. However, he likely isnt as pure as the driven snow either. In all probablity, he acted wrongly, but not to the gross extent the citizen states he did.

                  If he did say all the things alleged, he should be fired.
                  Obviously you have never been involved in an incident with police work that gets written into a news story....
                  Retired 02/01/13

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