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Retired California Trooper Sues Over Gun Arrest at High School

March 10, 2016  | 

A retired California Highway Patrol officer who had a permit to carry a gun onto a Santee, CA, high school campus is suing the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for false arrest, excessive force and unlawful search and seizure, among other claims.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Diego federal court, asks for at least $20 million in damages, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

According to state law, firearms are not allowed on school campuses, although there are several exemptions to the law, one of them pertaining to honorably retired peace officers who are authorized under a permit to carry a concealed or loaded gun.

Robert Pitt, 59, who served in the CHP for 33 years, went to Santana High School the morning of Jan. 21, 2015, with his girlfriend to drop off her daughter. The couple then went to the administrative offices to complain to the vice principal about threats the 15-year-old girl had been receiving from another student, according to the lawsuit.

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John retired IA PD @ 3/10/2016 6:06 PM

What are the rest of the facts for this story?

GP Cobb @ 3/10/2016 6:35 PM

@John, wasn't very well concealed was it, grin.

Percy @ 3/10/2016 8:59 PM

I have never been more conflicted by a story.
Seems as always the taxpayer will be on the hook for millions.
I doubt the chip was injured, and I doubt the arresting cops feel/think
they did anything wrong.

plato's playdough @ 3/11/2016 3:33 AM

Year 2001_ "Smiling as he pulled the trigger, a 15-year-old freshman shot and killed two students and wounded 13 other people at a San Diego-area high school this morning, authorities and witnesses said. "

Sounds like just the place one should be concerned about threats against their daughter.

plato's playdough @ 3/11/2016 3:38 AM

Hehe, you should read the entire article in the url above... does all this sound familiar?

"He's such a relaxed chill guy, I mean this guy wouldn't hurt a fly. But he did today," said a boy who gave his name as Steve, and said he was a friend of the suspect.

High School Had Faced Outbreak of Racial Violence

Santana High School has had a history of problems with racial violence.

According to initial reports, however, today's shooting appears to be an unrelated tragedy.

"It was not a racial incident at all," said Kolender, the county sheriff.


Ric Walters @ 3/11/2016 6:21 AM

What the heck was the SRO thinking? How easy would it be for him to be in the same position as Mr. Pitt?

The Principal is a bonehead, ordering the deputy to arrest another cop who has the absolute legal right to carry his weapon. The deputy should have told him that he wouldn't make an illegal arrest. If SDCSO had any guts, they'd pull the officer out of the school (and send him to a long in-service on the law) and leave that jerk to defend himself and his students. Sadly, SDCSO seems to have become another left wing social experiment instead of a law enforcement agency and won't back up one of California's finest. Shame on the deputy who arrested Pitt, shame on the booking and jail deputies who ignored his status.

Manuel @ 3/11/2016 6:40 AM

fanny pack really, that screams I have a weapon

Ordinary Joe @ 3/11/2016 7:13 AM

As I have said in the past, when you retire, you are looked upon as nothing special. Professional courtesy is almost nonexistent. I wish the active guys would think about that. They too will be retired one day and if they expect courtesy when they retire, they need to implement now so that others can emulate.

Robert @ 3/12/2016 8:34 PM

Ric and because he was a retired cop with a permit he should not be arrested...but what if he was just a private citizen with a legal permit...should the citizen be arrested?
Your double standard just confirms that the majority of LEO have a theory that the world is "us against them" (them includes anyone who is not a LEO).

John @ 3/31/2016 4:30 PM

I'm amazed that the deputy didn't immediately call his sergeant for guidance on this contact with this retired LEO. Then to book him into jail with the main population? No excuse and his employer/San Diego County will be writing this honorably retired LEO a very large check. Just stupid.

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