California – San Jose
In April, Ross sued the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, the county and the sheriff, along with several deputies and sergeants, alleging a police car dash cam captured officials plotting to plant drugs after an illegal search of Ross’s home in 2009.
“The Incident Report states that two bags of white powder were found and confiscated. However, the vehicle dash camera video and transcript, proves the officers said: ‘the house is clean, there is no meth in the house’, ‘we’re gonna spike that and we’re gonna spike him.’ ‘I got the meth in the ——- car,'” the complaint states.
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila on Nov. 26 denied the defendants’ motions to dismiss the Sheriff’s Department as an improper party, to dismiss a conspiracy claim and to dismiss claims of municipal liability.