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Monday, April 14, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.
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A new lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Riverside makes scathing allegations against San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon, and others.

The lawsuit, filed April 11, 2014, by Barstow Attorney Robert Conaway, on behalf of plaintiff’s Tameca Shelton, Nashay Trice, Fay Young and Emma Jean Young, alleges that McMahon and others, either participated in, or attempted to cover-up, an early morning confrontation in December 2013, which occurred in a fast food restaurant drive-thru. A that time, plaintiff’s allege they were verbally and physically threatened, and assaulted by off-duty sheriff’s personnel.

The specific federal and state causes of action alleged include, among other things, conspiracy, common law battery, retaliation, civil rights violations and negligence.

The plaintiffs’ complaint further allege:

  • The defendants, who, according to the complaint, had been drinking, directed racial slurs at them.
  • Security surveillance videotape of the incident, which occurred at a Del Taco Restaurant in the city of Adelanto, was recovered, and then later destroyed or erased by Sheriff’s Department employees.
  • Sheriff’s employees locked them in the back of a patrol unit for four hours.

The case, Shelton v. McMahon, Case No. EDCV14-00711-JGB-SPx, is pending the the U.S. District Court, Central Disrict of California, Eastern Division.

A search of the San Bernardino County Superior Case Database reflects no criminal charges are pending against any of the four plaintiffs’.

To read the complaint, click the following link: Shelton v. McMahon