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$100,000 Settlement For Airline Employee's Retaliatory Arrest By California Sheriff's Deputy

Los Angeles International Airport (California) employee, James Jones, was arrested
after stopping what appeared to be an unauthorized breech of security in 2003. An undercover deputy had allegedly shown Jones his identification. Jones filed a federal civil rights action which was settled for $100,000.

The Los Angeles County deputy set off an alarm after unsuccessfully attempting to access a baggage handling area door's keypad. A sheriff’s deputy and the County may be liable for federal civil rights violations for an arrest made without reasonable cause. The deputy reportedly flashed his identification too quickly for Jones to verify spurring Jones's attempted detainment of the deputy. Jones was arrested for investigation interference but was subsequently released and cited. No criminal charges were filed. A flight attendant and an FBI agent's witness report confirmed Jones's reports.

After the County Law Enforcement Services Division determined that litigation costs could reach $400,000, they approved the settlement in 2007. See: Jones v. County of Los Angeles, USDC, SDCA, Case No.04 cv-8286 DDP (RNx).

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Jones v. County of Los Angeles