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Report: Aldon Smith got favorable treatment from Santa Clara cops

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Did Aldon Smith get preferential treatment from the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office?
Did Aldon Smith get preferential treatment from the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office? (USATSI)

Though 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith is hardly having an easy time of things these days -- he's still away indefinitely from football -- a report claims that the Santa Clara police provided the defensive lineman with favorable treatment when he was arrested.

NBC Bay Area uncovered records that show Smith, after being booked on suspicion of driving under the influence at 9:40 a.m. PT, was released at 11:20 a.m. PT, a mere 1.5 hours later.

Smith enjoyed an expedited trip through the Santa Clara County Jail, according to court records and information uncovered by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit, and was released several hours earlier than standard procedure is supposed to allow.

An anonymous deputy told NBC Bay Area -- on camera no less -- that the handling of Smith's arrest "did not follow typical jail protocols and procedures." That deputy and other "jail staffers" said typically people arrested on such chargers are held for somewhere between five and eight hours.

"Normal protocols were not followed,” the deputy said. “That means that preferential treatment was given to Aldon Smith."

At the time, Smith blew a .151, nearly twice the legal limit, according to jail records.

Additionally there is some questionable behavior when it comes to a shooting at Smith's house. About a year after Smith had multiple shootings -- and was stabbed himself -- at a June 29, 2012 party at his house, he attended a fundraiser at the sheriff's shooting range.

On Saturday, June 15, Aldon Smith and several of his 49er teammates were among those invited to a fundraiser at the sheriff's shooting range, to raise money for the non-profit Sheriff's Advisory Board.

The anonymous deputy complained to NBC Bay Area about the incident, claiming a conflict of interest for someone "under investigation for gun play."

“If someone is under investigation for gun play, I don't believe it is justifiable to bring him to the sheriff's range to use county guns and ammunition,” the deputy said.

Sheriff Laurie Smith says she doesn't believe there's a conflict there and claimed she "would do it again."

"I don't," Sheriff Smith said. "I would do it again. He was up there and it was wonderful."

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