From USA Today:
“I don’t take pride in hurting Mr. Gibson,” Deputy James Mee told The Associated Press during an interview outside his home.
“What I had hoped out of this is that he would think twice before he gets behind the wheel of a car and was drinking,” added Mee, a 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. “That would be my hope that this would accomplish that. I don’t want to ruin his career. I don’t want to defame him in any way or hurt him.”
Mee also said he didn’t take any of Gibson’s remarks seriously.…
On Monday the Sheriff’s Department sent its case to prosecutors, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. According to the official, the report states that Gibson made anti-Semitic remarks and threatened a sheriff’s deputy.
The report also says a tequila bottle was found in Gibson’s car when he was pulled over on the Pacific Coast Highway.
An arrest report signed by Mee and posted on the celebrity news website TMZ quoted Gibson as saying, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” and asked the arresting officer, “Are you a Jew?”
Gibson, who released a lengthy statement Saturday apologizing for having said “despicable” things during his arrest, said he behaved “like a person completely out of control.”
Mee, who is Jewish, would not comment specifically on what Gibson said.
“That stuff is booze talking,” the deputy said.
But, as Judaism has long noted, as the alcohol goes in, the truth comes out.