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Video: San Diego UC Officer Claims Mistreatment by Deputies

June 27, 2014  | 

VIDEO: San Diego UC Officer Claims Mistreatment by Deputies

A San Diego Police detective says that last August, while he was working undercover, he was mistreated by deputies of the San Diego County Sheriff. 

San Diego PD Det. Israel Hernandez told KUSI (Watch Video Here.) his wife was treated rudely after being pulled over for a speeding ticket by a Sheriff's deputy in Oceanside.

After his wife and daughter called him, Hernandez drove up to the intersection where he didn't find his wife. But he did find a deputy and asked him what had happened. He says he explained the situation, identified himself as an on-duty undercover officer, and was motioned to "move on" by the deputy. As he was driving away, the deputy came up on his motorcycle and ordered him to pull over.

"He's all 'are you armed?' And I said 'yes, I am.' He approaches me, grabs me, told me 'turn around, now put your hands behind your back' and the other deputy comes in and they both handcuff me. I'm handcuffed."

Hernandez says he was ordered to sit on the curb. He asked to speak to a supervisor, but instead of a supervisor, other deputies showed up.

"Another deputy showed up, stood back next to me and basically said (an expletive in Spanish)."

Hernandez says the deputies searched his unmarked police car, and then to his shock, the deputies made him take a breathalyzer test.

Hernandez says he blew 0.00 and was allowed to go; no charges were filed. But he wrote a letter of complaint. A response from the Sheriff's Department came a few days later saying it would not initiate an investigation.

Thursday, after the story broke, the Sheriff's Department told KUSI it needed more time to look into the details of this complaint. 

Comments (14)

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joe @ 6/28/2014 9:11 AM

Unfortunately this is what is coming into the law enforcement now. I am a 28 year veteran and have seen most departments lowering the standards to recruit dumb ass like these deputies. What ever happened to courtesy among Officers? I understand that there are two sides to every story I was not there so who knows what really happened? Be safe!!!!

Capt. Crunch @ 6/28/2014 9:47 AM

If this story is true all deputies involved should be fired. What ever happened to professional curtsy, the detective was just trying to find out what happen. Also their is no excuse for a LEO, to be rude to anyone, especially a mother and her daughter.

Tiburon @ 6/28/2014 10:46 AM

Professional courtesy works both ways. Wait for the entire story to come out before blaming the deputies of wrong doing. If this guy was "on duty" why was he in Oceanside?

Tiburon @ 6/28/2014 10:50 AM

Professional courtesy works both ways. Wait for the entire story to come out before blaming the deputies of wrong doing. This wasn't his first run in.

Sean coleman @ 6/28/2014 10:51 AM

First of all I've been on the job for 23 years all in Patrol. And I've stopped many relatives of law enforcement officers. And on most occasion s they are apologetic but sometimes they feel they have some type of entitlement. And they think that once they announce that they are related to and officer that the vehicle stop should end there. In my opinion they under cover officer was wrong to show up at the scene especially in a city owned vehicle because as always on duty police officer in his jurisdiction trumps everything. The under cover should have met his wife and daughter and talked with them apart from each other to find out what happened. Then after that went to then station house to talk to a supervisor. For all you so called police officers calling for the officers unprofessional how dare you. True there's some that maybe but just because you are a relative or a law enforcement officer you're not given the golden free pass

Dale @ 6/28/2014 11:19 AM

Who shows up to question an officer that has already completed a stop. Have a message sent to the officer through his communications. I have seen many of these stories over the years. The truth almost always winds up being that the on-duty officers were professional and either the family member or the officer whose family got the tickets were the ones causing a scene. Everything nowadays is on video. I doubt very seriously that the sheriff deputies detained someone who had already identified himself as a peace officer and subjected him to a PBT if he was acting appropriately under the circumstances. If the video shows that he simply approached the sheriffs deputies and politely requested information, then the deputies should be dealt with. I suspect that when the truth or the video is out it is going to show that the family members or the undercover officer were the ones actually like fools not the on-duty deputies.

I've been a cop for 20 years and I often hear the old-school heads moan and groan when stores like this come out. Those same old-school heads would be the first ones that would bump you off a curb if you walked up on their scene raising hell about something that they had done. Having a badge gives you certain privileges and you should be heard. It doesn't give you the right to act like an fool. Act like a cop and get treated like a cop, act like an ass and get flushed.

David Lyons @ 6/28/2014 11:43 AM

Looks like there is maybe wrong on both sides, and lacks detail to say for sure. I agree he should not have confronted the deputy. Follow the complaint process; we all know whether or not it is being looked at correctly or not. The search and handcuff? No; but that's where more detail needs to be looked at, with regard to how he behaved (which would have to be pretty bad for that).

DHS @ 6/28/2014 1:04 PM

I agree the UC should have never rolled up to the scene. As soon as I read that I thought, oh no. But this story also reminded me of my time as an Agent with ICE in Nor Cal. Our G-rides were UC cars and the tags were fake and came back to nothing. So we would often get pulled over. Most cops were super cool once you said, "By the way, I'm armed with my service weapon." They asked who do you work for and you replied, "Customs," and showed them your creds. However, there were a few who would get more pissed off. Then proceed to lecture you and yell at you. I always just sat there and said nothing and eventually we would all clear the scene. I just chalked it up to the cop was having a bad day or was just a jerk. I actually found it funny.

I'll post another story below. This article reminded me of a few.

DHS @ 6/28/2014 1:05 PM

This also reminded me of the time when another Agent in my office was pulled over for the same tag thing. When he told the CHiPy that he was armed and an Agent the CHiPy threatened to shoot him. My coworker managed to calm the Trooper down and everyone left the scene unharmed. When I heard the story I encouraged my coworker to file a formal complaint against the trooper.

I'll post another story below.

DHS @ 6/28/2014 1:07 PM

Finally, the last story I am reminded of was real bad. Another coworker of mine was out to dinner at a nice restaurant with his girlfriend. Next thing he knows the cops come in and drag him away from the table, take him outside, arrest him, and hold him in the back of a cruiser. Apparently, some young dumb girls in the restaurant wanted to get one of their friends' boyfriend in trouble and file a false complaint and call the cops on him. When the cops showed up the one girl misidentified the boyfriend and pointed out my coworker as the boyfriend. This was quickly sorted out and they let my coworker go on those charges but were now arresting him for impersonating an FBI Agent. Because when they searched him they found his ICE creds. The local cops for some reason thought these were fake. They were so dumb that when they asked him, "All ya smart guy, so where did you go to training?" and he replied with FLETC in Georgia, They said, "Wrong! FBI goes to Quantico, Virginia." ....

DHS @ 6/28/2014 1:08 PM

Continued from above.

It was like the only Federal law enforcement agency they had heard of was the FBI and every other one they thought was fake. It took some ICE supervisors to come down to the scene to set the locals straight.

Jfk @ 6/30/2014 10:53 AM

If my wife was stopped and cited, and had a horrible or/and scary interaction with the citing officer/deputy, then I would encourage her to make a complaint herself. I would accompany her, be her shoulder to cry on, and even help her talk to a supervisor about the incident. In NO WAY would I even lower myself to trying to confront the officer/deputy about what my wife (or family member) experienced. This alleged SDPD detective should have know better. I am saddened because his behavior makes our profession look bad in the eyes of the public. I'll wait for the COMPLETE investigation before I form an final opinion about whether the deputies or (and?) the officer were wrong.

Lenny @ 6/30/2014 2:19 PM

"San Diego UC Officer Claims Mistreatment by Deputies"
Welcome to the world of the civilian.

Dinsmore Chandler @ 12/16/2016 4:22 PM

I received a call from a traffic officer of an adjoining town. He said he stopped one of our off-duty officers for a violation. He said our officer was rude and disrespectful. Our officer flashed his badge, and thought it ridiculous the officer would lecture him after he saw the badge.

I subsequently talked with the officer about his behavior. Hell, he was disrespectful to me for even bringing up as he put it "a non issue". I put it in second gear, and made it clear should I field another similar complaint, it would result in a suspension. Our officer was all of 27, and obviously knew everything there was to know in the world. Two more years until retirement, then the generation of "Officer Know-It-All" can take over.

Lt. D. Chandler

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