September 20, 2012
Re "Baca facing hardest test of career," Sept. 17 I once viewed Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca as an intelligent police professional. No longer. The explanation by investigators for Baca's failure to resolve the jail violence problem is that he was a bit too disengaged and uninformed. He is a busy man who runs a huge department, and I might be inclined to give him some slack based on that argument. But as The Times points out, not long ago he was able to find time for "launching 'special' criminal investigations on behalf of two contributors.
January 15, 2011
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca does not play favorites, it seems: As long as you're a multimillionaire, his department's investigative resources are at your disposal. Baca's detectives have been spending an awful lot of time in the city of Beverly Hills lately, even though it's outside their jurisdiction. We were already dismayed when Times staff writer Robert Faturechi reported in October that the sheriff ordered a criminal investigation of a Beverly Hills tenant of real estate magnate Ezat Delijani, though the local police force had dismissed the case as a civil dispute and didn't ask the Sheriff's Department for help (the sheriff can legally investigate cases in any city in L.A. County, but normally this is done only by invitation)
December 6, 2012
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has spent the better part of the past year insisting that a controversial federal immigration program known as Secure Communities requires him to hold anyone suspected of being in the country illegally, if called on to do so by U.S. officials. But in fact, it does not. Compliance is optional, and on Wednesday, the Sheriff's Department conceded as much, announcing that in light of a new legal directive from California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, it will no longer detain or hand over illegal immigrants arrested for minor offenses.
May 1, 2012 |
It seems that Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca just can't catch a break, at least not when it comes to the county's jail system. The Board of Supervisors created a civilian oversight commission to look into allegations of violence and abuse inside the lockups. Federal officials are conducting their own probe into deputy misconduct. And on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that found Baca can be sued in connection with jailhouse violence. Dion Starr is suing Baca, alleging that the sheriff showed "deliberate indifference" to complaints of violence inside the Men's Central Jail.
October 5, 2012
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca surprised some observers when he pledged this week to implement reforms recommended by a panel created to investigate problems in the jails. Baca's embrace of those proposals is encouraging as well as surprising, given that the commission was highly critical of his leadership and concluded that his failings had allowed the problems to develop. Baca deserves praise for pledging to fix the problems that occurred on his watch. His promise to implement all 63 of the recommendations made by the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence is also heartening, especially given the sheriff's appearance before the seven-member panel earlier this year, when he defiantly told the commissioners that they lacked authority to tell him how to do his job. Baca's lamentable resistance then has given way to a far more accommodating posture today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2009 |
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday that he will convene a panel to examine deputy-involved shootings -- two days after a deputy fatally shot an unarmed man in the back of the neck and side during a foot pursuit. The incident marked the 10th fatal deputy-involved shooting in 2009, twice the number of such cases for the same period last year. The shooting took place Monday in Athens when sheriff's officials said that a man matching the description of an armed suspect placed his hands in his waistband as he ran from a deputy.