Santa Clara’s Sheriff Smith Set Tone for Deputy Accused of Filing False Report

Why wouldn’t we expect Sukhdeep Gill to imprint off of the ethics he sees coming from his leadership? (Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office / Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office)

U.S.A. – -( “A northern California sheriff’s deputy was ‘lucky’ to survive a gunshot to the chest after his body camera helped to block the bullet an unknown suspect fired during an ‘ambush’ attack near a reservoir,” Fox News and other news outlets reported a year ago.

“Anyone of those rounds could have hit him anywhere,” Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said at the time. “He was very brave under fire.”

Except it’s now alleged the whole story was “fake news” based on a lie made up by the deputy.

“Sukhdeep Gill, a 27-year-old deputy with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office in California, has been charged for allegedly filing a false police report about being ambushed by a drive-by shooter,” Newsweek and other news outlets report. “He was placed on administrative leave as investigators looked into his story. He has since been charged with felony vandalism and a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report [and] placed in San Jose’s Main Jail.”

If anyone is surprised by pervasive indicators of blatant corruption in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, they shouldn’t be. Evidence suggests it starts at the top, with Sheriff Laurie Smith and her underlings the subjects of an ongoing probe into the awarding of “may issue” concealed gun carry permits in exchange for political campaign contributions and other considerations by well-connected elites seeking special “privileges and immunities.” Meanwhile, ordinary citizens risk being arrested by Smith’s enforcers for daring to exercise their rights without her permission.

This goes to the heart of “the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” the one with the mandate that it “shall not be infringed.” What level of corruption can we not expect from liars who swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and then set themselves up as the “Only Ones” who can be trusted with guns, ready to obey unlawful orders (the Constitution being the “supreme Law of the Land”) and confiscate yours?

The question really is: Why wouldn’t deputy Gill think corruption is systemic, lies are rewarded, and the only rule not to break is to not get caught?

There’s another elephant in the room, one that the prevailing cancel culture will intimidate some from commenting on, but that nonetheless raises a point we must not be afraid to bring up: Some will note the deputy’s name and that he is a Sikh, and if they mention it they’ll be condemned and “canceled” as racists, white supremacists, extremists, Nazis, and worse.

That’s hypocritical, because it’s a human reaction, not limited — I guess if you listen to Democrats — to “Republicans.” Tell me someone considered by all to be of “traditional” American heritage, a white Christian with a “European”-origin surname, working as a cop in India, wouldn’t be the subject of much speculation and tell me people in the land of caste discrimination don’t have plenty of “tolerance” issues of their own. Not that we’re likely to ever hear of such a thing, because the flow between continents is pretty much one-way.

Curious, how many people from around the world are literally dying to come to a land that “progressives” insist is dominated by “haters.” It’s also curious how many foreign nationals come to this country, become citizens, and then vote Democrat and seek to impose more disarmament laws. Why does anyone think Joe Biden is turning the “pathway to citizenship” into a superhighway?

Resistance to and resentment of that is hardly bigotry or xenophobia. Rather, it is a reasonable expectation that all immigration laws enacted should uphold the principles of the Preamble to the Constitution, that is, that they will help, among other stated purposes, “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” At a minimum, foreign nationals welcomed into this country should understand and support its founding principles and the Bill of Rights. It makes no sense to open the doors to those whose beliefs are antithetical to those values, unless, of course, your purpose is to undermine and replace them.

And it’s not us imposing concealed permit-issuing policies that favor elites and discriminate against minorities.

It’s relevant to wonder about Mr. Gill. That said, we must also acknowledge there is no indication that he is not a citizen. I bring up the subject of assumptions to illustrate a pretty common trait of reacting differently to the familiar and the unfamiliar that is shared by people around the world. I mention it because — get real — would anyone feigning offense care to bet his defense will not exploit “systemic racism” as a motivating mitigator for his alleged inexcusable actions?

I also bring it up because many don’t realize Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies don’t need to be citizens to have the power to arrest those who are. A cadet, empowered under supervision to “apprehend law violators” can be a “permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.” Ditto for reserve deputies. In other words, foreign nationals are authorized to enforce disarmament edicts against American citizens on U.S. soil.

It’s fair to wonder how, before taking the oath of citizenship, they can legitimately take California’s required oath to qualify for employment as an officer. It’s also fair to ask if we can import disarmers, who needs UN blue helmets?

It’s a trend more police chiefs are trying to accelerate:

“Desperate for recruits, more police departments looking at non-citizens…”

Why would we expect that those who see their function as law enforcers rather than rights defenders would balk at setting the new Hessian mercenaries against upstart citizens?

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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The only amazing thing about this entire affair is that they charged the cop.
That’s it. Period.


and put him behind bars… at least for a short while.

Last edited 1 year ago by Tionico

Ya but they charged him because he is not white. LOL


I know that whites get away with things that other ethnicities can’t, BUT, NOT WITH THIS TYPE OF OFFENSE. Any police officer, regardless of race, faith, sexual preferences, or anything else, do not hold with dishonoring the force in this way. This is a move of cowardice, and stealing valor. Being caught like this, especially with advanced forensic science, is an embarassment, and dishonor, on a GLOBAL scale. It further erodes the community that entrusts it’s servants to be honorable, and candid in all things. This is why all police should have audio, and video monitoring, and limits on military… Read more »


Please stop buying into the current brand of racism and promulgating it with statements such as “Whites get away with things other ethnicities can’t”. It’s racist. Stop.


Really. I see a lot of painting with a broad brush on this forum.


But he IS a total racist… and so he will not. Leopards very rarely change their spots.
He’s been around here for quite a long time now. Plenty long enough to see his spots, anyway.


I just wanted to say Thank You to Mr. Codrea for this balanced coverage. I have many Sikh friends in the World Powerlifting Community. This individuals behavior is uncharacteristic of these people and completely contrary to their religion. Mr. Codrea correctly points out where the problem lies and focuses the article there.


This one guy did wrong, but he’s just one guy. Sikhs get way too much grief from ignorant people confusing them with Muslim extremists. Sikhs are not Muslims!


A great leader once said ‘there are no bad corporals. Only bad colonels.’ Napoleon knew what he was talking about when it comes to organizational leadership. If you cast a broad net across progressive American utopias you note broadly held and applied situational ethics as a prevailing attitude. This disease infects individuals and institutions where natural law is displaced by political expediency and Orwellian type casting. This young man may have had great potential as a law enforcement officer or as a public servant in general. Having worked with Sikh units in South Asian military organizations I know a bit… Read more »


He knew right from wrong, he chose wrong. There is nothing worse than a corrupt Cop.
This Cop was corrupt long before he joined the force. Honesty is
learned at a young age, and follows you through life. You are either honest or you are not. A “half truth” is still a lie.

Last edited 1 year ago by Cruiser

I’m the one who gave David this story.

Later, I followed up on what really started all this, back about a year ago.

The Sheriff was treating this as a Hate Crime. This made news around the world. But look at the 2 accounts I will provide after this comment.

Look at the SUV and the bullet holes and the casings on the road.

At look at the convenience of the Body Cam ‘saving’ his life.


Detectives Investigating ‘Ambush’ on Sikh Deputy as Possible Hate Crime


Sukhdeep Gill biography: 10 things about Sikh, Santa Clara County deputy

Last edited 1 year ago by Mack

Another account here; also has the photo of the body cam.

Search Continues for Suspect Who Shot Santa Clara Co. Deputy


Finally, note what Lt. Brendan Omori has to say about this investigation.

“This was absolutely a close call,” Omori said.

Omori, who oversees the Sheriff’s homicide and major crimes units, said Gill’s patrol SUV, in the gaze of the suspect car’s headlights, would have been very clearly visible as a Sheriff’s vehicle, and that the deputy was in full uniform.

“This was a targeted attack,” Omori said.


I wonder how many people driving a silver 2000s-era sedan, possibly a Honda got charged for something they possibly may not have because of his phony shooting ? See they gave them probable cause to pull them over.


“Sukhdeep Gill, a 27-year-old deputy with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office in California, has been charged for allegedly filing a false police report about being ambushed by a drive-by shooter.”

Not nearly good enough. He ought to be charged with Obstruction of Justice.

Now, if Gill should be convicted of a Felony, will he have to surrender his Kirpan?

I wonder if he understands the damage he has done to his community. He needs to apologize to everyone.


What the hell, a psycho want to be cop and not even a full US citizen yet? Crazy. He must have been Sikahing recognition and a rase.


There are a lot of government employees who are psychopaths. What Gill did pales in comparison to what white, military veterans who remained as government employees in other capacities have done.


Well, Will, he’s right you know.


Will – 2/2/21
“Only that bastard would criticize White Men over a son of a bitch that looks identical to one of the mooslime scum that flew into the towers on 911!”

Response to Will:

Because I don’t judge people on how they look?

Your ignorance is pathetic.


You ought to be ashamed of yourself! LOL!


Not at all.


Will – 2/2/21 “Go to hell scumbag!” Response to Will: I congratulate you on limiting yourself to one exclamation point. You are so emotional and tribal. Someone in this thread called Gill a psycho and another said he looked like he should be a member of Isis or the Taliban. There are a lot of LEOs who have done bad things – roughly the equivalent of what Gill did in terms of severity. There are a lot of other people in LE who have done truly heinous things. Many of them are white and many of them are military veterans.… Read more »


Will – 2/2/21

“Nobody gives a shit what you appreciate or not! Esp.members of LE or the military. Why don’t you go back to irritating ‘little wil’”

Response to Will:

All good LEOs and veterans recognize there are bad LEOs who are veterans.


It is possible higher ups may be involved. And possibly used citizenship to coerce such actions. Just saying I don’t have all the facts. We have a dirty Govt. top to bottom. How many other false flags they got away with to push a narrative ?


Wow. All the Sikhs I’ve ever known are salt of the Earth folks. He’s an anomaly, I assure you.


Same here.

uncle dudley

I’m going to be judge mental about this guys picture, he looks like he should be a member of Isis or the Taliban.

Dave in Fairfax


You might want to take a look at who Sikhs are. For openers, they aren’t Muslim. They are one of the most non-discriminatory groups around. Never judge a book by its headgear. This guy is an aberration.


biden will be making them part his adm.