Orange County Sheriff Deputy Brian Hagerman is being accused of excessive force by three people, one of whom is the brother of former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates. Stephen Gates, a former LAPD captain himself was threatened with a taser and arrested by Hagerman when he illegally parked his golf cart on the sidewalk outside of a San Clemente restaurant. Two other residents of San Clemente have also accused Hagerman of being a bully on the streets of south Orange County. These allegations of resulted in federal lawsuits against Hagerman and the county.
Hagerman, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff's department is considered a “valued member of the OCSD” according to the department, despite having been found in violation of department policy on at least two occasions.