The plea agreement with the United States attorney’s office caps a stunning fall for Mr. Baca, who was among the most powerful men in Southern California during the 15 years that he led the sheriff’s department. Seventeen sheriff’s department employees have been convicted as part of the federal investigation into corruption and civil rights violations in the Los Angeles County jails during his tenure. Inmates were routinely sexually humiliated and severely beaten by sheriff’s deputies at the jails, according to the Department of Justice.The LA Times has more of the salacious details.
February 11, 2016
Former LA Sheriff Baca Pleads Guilty
I don't know much about LA county. The LA Sheriff's Department has 18,000 employees and 9,100 sworn officers. And running a huge jail system ain't easy. But Sheriff Baca and his cronies have been in trouble for a long while. His people tried to strong-arm an FBI agent investigating his department. Not cool. Perhaps we shouldn't be electing top law enforcement officials. From the NYT: