Sheriff's Report: Mel Gibson Got Preferential Treatment

12/20/2007 at 07:00 PM EST

Sheriff's Report: Mel Gibson Got Preferential Treatment
Gibson's July 28 booking photo
Three L.A. County Sheriff's Department employees gave preferential treatment to Mel Gibson during his DUI arrest last July, a report found.

According the Office of Independent Review, employees failed to follow proper procedures during the arrest and tried to withhold details of the arrest report, which contained alleged anti-Semitic statements by Gibson.

Two sergeants and a jailer have been disciplined. One received a two-day suspension and the other two received written reprimands.

"The Office of Independent Review is doing exactly what it's supposed to do, which is monitoring the Sheriff's Department," Whitmore said, according to the Associated Press. "That makes transparency more than a buzzword, it makes it a reality."

The OIR report, released Thursday, found no violations in Paris Hilton's arrest for driving on a suspended license while on probation.
Gerri Miller

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