Los Angeles – A day after announcing his support of establishing a Citizen’s Oversight Committe, to the L.A. County Sheriff, Leroy (Lee) Baca, announced today his intent to retire come the end of January.
The department has been plagued with several unsavory events over the last few months. Lawsuits related to inmate abuse and racial discrimination of residents in Antelope Valley, nearly two dozen sheriffs being indicted on federal charges, and who could forget the Mitrice Richardson investigation. Richardson was arrested for failure to pay a bill at a restaurant and her release from sheriff’s custody, in the middle of the night, resulted in her death. Although many recall Baca’s tenacity in standing up for his deputies, these events definitely leave his legacy tarnished.
L. A. county supervisors have stated they plan to make an appointment in the next 90 days while the people will vote for Baca’s replacement this coming June.
A few of the candidates, a couple are either former/current employees of the sheriff department, one with a federally identified gang tatoo (although he admits to this blog the allegations of his tattoo are untrue) if the public truly wants to see change within LASD, it is imperative to elect a candidate with NO ties to LASD.
Are L.A county residents even aware that Lou Vince from the Los Angeles Police Department is the only candidate not affiliated with LASD?
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