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A retired Los Angeles County sheriff has filed a plea agreement in which he admitted that in 2013 he made false statements to federal authorities conducting a probe of the county’s jail system.
Lee Baca and his department have been mired in scandal ever since reports emerged of alleged prisoner abuse and a conspiracy to cover it up. Though the 73-year-old formerly denied knowing about an elaborate plot to hide the alleged abuse from federal authorities, Baca in the plea agreement filed Wednesday confessed to lying multiple times.
Baca announced his retirement and stepped down in January 2014 following the indictment of 18 mostly low-level deputies by a federal grand jury.
The indictments came after the ACLU and area activists, including former California Attorney General John Van de Kamp of Pasadena and the Rev. Ed Bacon of All Saints Church, called on the FBI to investigate allegations of deputy-sanctioned physical and sexual brutality in county jails that were brought to light in an ACLU report on the claims.
In addition to lying, Baca also admitted that he ordered former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka to carry out a plan to hide an inmate that the FBI was using as an informant. Anthony Brown was allegedly rebooked under a number of different names and transferred to several locations in order to keep him from testifying before a federal grand jury.
“Today’s charge and plea agreement demonstrate that illegal behavior within the Sheriff’s Department went to the very top of the organization,” US Attorney Eileen Decker said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “More importantly, this case illustrates that leaders who foster and then try and hide a corrupt culture will be held accountable.”
originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
It's always been this way and alas, will always be this way.
My wife's uncle left the force in the 1950's because of the corruption that existed even then.
They are in a perfect position and unfortunately greed has got the better of some very good men.
Nevermind he will do no more than 6 months
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot himself following a pursuit of two suspects in Wilmington, authorities said.
The deputy suffered leg injuries that are not considered life-threatening and is receiving medical treatment, said Deputy Ryan Rouzan, a department spokesman.
The shooting was unintentional and occurred at the end of the pursuit, he said.
Federal officials on Monday unsealed five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation’s largest jail system.
Among those charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice in the 18-page indictment are two lieutenants, one of whom oversaw the department’s safe jails program and another who investigated allegations of local crimes committed by sheriff’s personnel, two sergeants and three deputies.
What began more than four years ago as a federal investigation into brutality and corruption by deputies in L.A. County jails reached the highest echelons of the Sheriff's Department on Thursday, with two top officials indicted on charges of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to thwart the FBI.
Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, once the agency's second highest-ranking figure, and a now-retired captain, William “Tom” Carey, are charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice for allegedly concealing the whereabouts of an inmate who was working as an FBI informant.