By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted: Oct 11, 2016 at 5:41 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM
SAN BERNARDINO — A jury sided with the county Tuesday in the whistleblower lawsuit brought by three current or former deputies alleging retaliation for disclosing purported ticket quota and impound schemes within two High Desert sheriff’s stations, court records show.
Attorney Christopher L. Gaspard said by text message that the jury reached a verdict for the defense, yet he was not immediately available for further comment.
The civil lawsuit was filed more than two years ago by retired San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Jordan and deputies Brian Moler and Jeff Wetmore.
At its core, the complaint claimed that Jordan faced retaliation while at the Victorville Valley Sheriff’s Station in 2010 after he “discovered sheriff’s personnel assigned to the department’s Narcotics Unit would routinely tow vehicles and ‘flip’ them by purchasing the vehicles at lien sales and selling them for profit.”
The lawsuit also accused Victorville Sheriff’s Station higher-ups of setting a quota of 200 traffic citations per month for motorcycle deputies — a policy that would be prohibited under state law — and deputies who failed to meet the quota were forced to work weekends or had their motorcycles taken away.
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