Closed negotiations over Boulaalam

monocourthouse2008A year ago, a man driving through Mono County on a vacation was stopped by Sheriff’s Deputies. The Court found there was no probable cause to stop Youssef Boulaalam in the first place. A weapons case against him was dismissed. At the first of the year, attorneys for Boulaalam filed a claim against Mono County which was rejected. There are still ongoing efforts to resolve any further legal action.

The claim was for damages arising out of Mr. Boulaalam’s wrongful arrest and other issues. No specific amount of money was named. Mono County rejected the claim, which we had reported. The next step could be filing of a lawsuit, but Attorney Allen Berrey indicated he is working with Mono County to resolve the issues. There was a recent closed session on the case.

It was last July 10 that two Mono deputies stopped Boulaalam, claiming they thought he was driving under the influence. However, they did not investigate his sobriety. Instead they searched his car and did find a handgun which he told them was there. A motion was filed to throw out the firearm evidence based on no probable cause for the search. Judge Mark Magit agreed.

Attorneys continue to try to resolve the rejected claim and possible further future lawsuit.


12 Responses to Closed negotiations over Boulaalam

  1. Bob July 9, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Mr. Boulaalam is a true patriot. I must commend him for standing up and exercising his constitutional rights.

    Now sue them for as much as you can

    • Desert Tortoise July 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

      “True patriots” don’t drive around with loaded firearms in their cars in violation of the law. The cops screwed up majorly so he gets a get out of jail free card and maybe even some of the public’s hard earned tax dollars in the deal, but he is anything but e hero or even an honest man. If you own a firearm, you know, or should know you do not carry it loaded in your car in California. He did. There are no beauty queens in this particular pagent.

      • Trouble July 11, 2014 at 10:19 am #

        DT- the police got caught cherry picking this time. I say it’s about time.

      • Bob July 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

        You bet they do DT.

        Had Mr. Boulaalam’s vehicle not been illegal searched no one would be the wiser.

        Mr. Boulaalam is not a sheep either. While others haven’t stood up for their constitutional rights in Mono County Mr. Boulaalam has shown us how it’s done. I would be proud to have him as a neighbor and friend.

        • Mono County Patriot July 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

          Bob you are forgetting one person that is currently sticking up for their constitutional rights, as well as other citizen’s constitutional rights.

          That would be Deputy Jon Madrid. He is not only standing up for his rights, but other deputies rights, and inmates rights. It is what a TRUE peace officer took an oath to do! Even when it comes at a great personal sacrifice.

          Too bad more deputies at MCSO don’t take their oath as seriously!

        • Wayne Deja July 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

          Maybe LE went about this search and arrest the wrong way….but it still doesn’t mean some clown has the right, should think he has the right,or should be considered a “true patriot” for BREAKING THE LAW and carrying a loaded firearm in his vehicle without a CCW permit.Maybe if his vehicle wasn’t searched “no none would be the wiser” about the weapon…but doesn’t that open up a can of worms for those that carry loaded weapons illegally if they can’t legally be found…Let’s hope this guy isn’t another George Zimmerman and thinking he’s above the law now.

      • Pedro July 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

        True patriots don’t tamper with evidence and commit felony perjury under color of authority.

        • Wooop there it is July 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

          No County Sheriff’s support such behavior either…. But then there is a sheriff that we all know of that openly does support such behavior.

          Sounds like another crime under the color of authority to me!

          Wonder why no one enforces those laws in Mono County????

        • Complete Agreement July 12, 2014 at 6:56 am #

          You are absolutely right Pedro they are criminals with a badge and a disgrace to real law enforcement officers!

          It is quite pathetic that in Mono County the only thing you can do about their behavior is sue the county because no one of power will do anything about these crimes! In my opinion that makes them criminals as well and a embarrassment to this county!

        • Reality Check July 12, 2014 at 8:44 am #


          True Patriots do not violate the United States Consittution that they took an oath to uphold and defend when they were sworn in as Law Enforcement Officers.

      • chinacat July 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

        By mentioning a ‘true patriot’ you have committed what’s known as an ‘informal fallacy.’ Look up ‘no true Scotsman’ for a full explanation of faulty reasoning (“an ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion”).

  2. Justice Prevails July 10, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    Just more money that Mono County taxpayer’s will have to pay out because the Sheriff’s Department doesn’t follow the law. Obenberger’s legacy to the county…. Debt from numerous lawsuits! Remember he stood behind his deputies illegal activities!

    Good for Mr. Boulaalam! Everyone should stand up for their rights!


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