Mono Board rejects civil rights claim

mono_courthouse_10-08.jpgThe Mono Supervisors recently rejected a claim filed by attorney Allen Berrey for a client stopped and searched by Mono Sheriff’s Officers near Bridgeport. The claim alleged violations of civil rights, fabrication of evidence, false arrest and imprisonment and violation of fourth and Second Amendment rights. This case goes to court next week on a motion to suppress evidence.

In December, a Mono Deputy and a Sergeant stopped Youssef Boulaalam who was traveling through the area on a camping trip. The officers passed him as he drove away from Travertine Springs. They later claimed his eyes looked blurry. The officers turned around and, as the attorney said, tailgated Mr. Boulaalam out onto Highway 395. Berrey said his client was unnerved by the officers following him. The DVD dashboard cam from the patrol car shows Mr. Boulaalam driving in a mostly straight line on the highway. Officers claimed they stopped him because of suspicion of driving under the influence.

Attorney Berrey said the officers did not investigate DUI and instead wanted to search the man’s car. The dash cam DVD revealed the Deputy saying that “all these guys who camp have guns on them.” Mr. Boulaalam did tell the officers about two guns in his vehicle. The two officers were heard on the DVD second-guessing themselves about the stop as they drove Boulaalam to the jail. He was charged with misdemeanor carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Attorney Berrey claims the officers used the excuse of DUI to stop and illegally search his client. Berrey said if his motion is granted next Monday, the guns and statements will be kicked out of the criminal case.

As for a civil suit, Berrey said that if Mr. Boulaalam files civil suits, they will be filed in state or federal court. He has until July to make that decision. See our earlier website story for more detail –
http://sierrawave.net/28121/claim-against-mono-county/

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wagonrd
wagonrd
8 years ago

“Liquidating” has made a good point. Our Congressmen and Senators have passed gun control laws that are draconian, and these laws apply to everyone, including you and me. It is the duty of LEO’s to enforce them. Guys like “Trouble” fail to understand this fundamental fact and blame LEO’s

Sheriff's Dept Critic
Sheriff's Dept Critic
8 years ago

I think Mono better get used to Federal court, because there is a lot more of it to come.

Mongo The Idiot'
Mongo The Idiot'
8 years ago

They are probably just trying to see the tags; pull over and have a chat or maintain speed and hope they disengage. Either way, travel at a safe speed and don’t stop suddenly. If they pull you over, remove your sunglasses, turn the radio off and have your license and… Read more »

Liquidating Everything
Liquidating Everything
8 years ago

Thanks for the good advice. However, in my opinion, this is clearly a victim-less crime resulting from overly restrictive gun control laws. It’s the type of action that leads to a loss of respect rather than a feeling that Mono Sheriff Dept is there to serve and protect. We should… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

Mongo, Yes we have to take the responsibility and inconvenience of cooperating with LEO doing their job. We do not have to take the bad of them not respecting our rights, that is a dangerous slippery slope. I have no problem with LEO checking my tags, running my plates and… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Personally I think it’s great that this guy is fighting the Sheriffs actions every step of the way here. I had the Sheriff and the Bishop Police each use the same tail gate tactics on me for no reason at all. The difference was they both pulled away as fast… Read more »

Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
8 years ago

Federal Court is a scary place to be if you are being sued, especially for a civil rights violation. Federal Judges are appointed for life and do not put up with any game playing. They are the closest thing to God on earth. Also, in a violation of civil rights… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

Is the video referred to in the article available for the public to view?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

You can do what I did. Ask the Mono County Counsel’s office for a copy.
BK

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Did they give you a copy?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

They did. There was a small fee.
BK

The norm
The norm
8 years ago

Mono County rejects every lawsuit they receive. That is their standard protocol. It also prolongs the inevitable.