A San Diego Sheriff’s deputy was fired earlier this year after a series of mistakes, but the county’s Civil Service Commission reinstated him. Sheriff Bill Gore is suing to keep the officer off the force. The case provides a rare look at officer discipline proceedings in a state that keeps such information under lock and key.

San Diego police officers acted “without warrants, probable cause, or reasonable belief,” when they roughed up a mother and her two sons inside their own business, according to a lawsuit filed by the family. The officers say they mistook the two brothers, who entered the store using their own keys, for burglars. The suit also claims officers lied in their official reports in order to cover up what happened.