We’ve been naming him here for a week. Finally the media itself is catching on …
San Diego Union Tribune: Claim filed against Border Patrol in woman’s death (Oct 12 2012)
A U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a woman in Chula Vista last month was suspended four times for misconduct during a nearly four-year stint as an Imperial County sheriff’s deputy and quit before being fired, court documents show.
The attorney for the woman’s family filed a wrongful death claim Friday with the Border Patrol seeking damages and raised questions about agent Justin Tackett’s departure from his sheriff’s job.
[Attorney Eugene] Iredale said the agent shot Alvarado nine times.
Iredale said this week that the court records surrounding Tackett’s departure from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department show that as a deputy he was “reckless, with a temperament inappropriate for law enforcement work.”
“He was involved in mistake after mistake, misconduct after misconduct. He should never had been hired by the Border Patrol,” Iredale said.
Tackett was a Sheriff’s Department court bailiff and patrol deputy from January 2000 through December 2003. The next year, he filed suit against the county and the department, alleging wrongful termination, racial discrimination, retaliation for being a whistle-blower and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Court records show the Sheriff’s Department suspended Tackett two of the five times he crashed a patrol car on duty and once after an altercation with a Brawley resident. In 2002, the department said he was suspended for 30 days for lying to supervisors over an incident involving a probation search.
In 2003, a county prosecutor rejected one of Tackett’s drug arrests, saying the number of times the deputy violated the suspect’s rights were “almost too numerous to list.” The deputy was issued a termination notice after that incident, but he quit before being fired.
Tackett lost his wrongful termination case two years later without going to trial. A federal judge in San Diego entered a judgment in favor of Imperial County and the Sheriff’s Department, saying the deputy’s lawsuit had failed to provide evidence of his claims.
The judge’s decision in the summary dismissal of Justin Tackett’s lawsuit against Imperial County can be read here: Tackett v. County of Imperial
Previously blogged here:
- Second San Diego TV Station Implicitly Fingers Justin Tackett as the Killer of Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin) (Oct 10 2012)
- Attorney to File Suit on Behalf of Murdered Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin) (Oct 8 2012)
- Is Justin Tackett the Border Patrol Thug Who Gunned Down Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin)? (Oct 6 2012)
- Undercover Border Patrol Thugs Terrorize California Neighborhood, Killing Female Motorist Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin) Mother of Five (Sept 30 2012)