A retired CHP officer is suing the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept for falsely arresting him at a high school last year.
59-year old Robert Pitt served with the California Hwy. Patrol for more than three decades. On Monday, he filed a lawsuit in San Diego federal court seeking $20 million in damages – claiming that he was wrongfully arrested at Santana High School on Jan. 21, 2015.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Pitt was at the school that day dropping off his girlfriend’s daughter. They were waiting to speak with school administrators about threats being made against the 15-year-old girl.
Pitt was carrying a fanny pack with him at the time, and inside, was his CHP-issued .40 caliber Sig Sauer–which he had a concealed permit for in his wallet.
The school principal reportedly requested to speak with Pitt privately, at which point, he asked Pitt if he had a gun in his fanny pack, what his law enforcement status was, and if he had a permit. The retired law enforcement officer said he had a permit to carry a concealed gun but Principal Tim Schwuchow said, “the school does not honor such permits,” the Tribune reported.
Schwuchow ordered the arrest after a sheriff’s deputy searched Pitt and found the pistol in his fanny pack.
He was then thrown in with the general population at the local jail, for at least several hours, before being told he was ‘free to go’ and no charges would be filed against him.
Pitt’s attorney says, “The wrongfulness of the arrest is so blatant in this case.”
Under state law, firearms are not allowed on school campuses. However, there are exemptions to the law. One of them says that “honorably retired peace officers” are authorized under a permit to carry a concealed or loaded gun.
A spokesperson for the Sheriff did not comment as they are not able to talk about pending litigation.
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