A couple's devastating encounter with Lee Baca's COPS HIT deputies
Paul Tanaka, the controversial second-in-command at the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, heavily criticized for his oversight of a troubled jails system, is retiring, the department announced this afternoon. The undersheriff is also the mayor of Gardena and won a third term in yesterday's election ... More >>
In a middle finger to all those journalists and civil libertarians in town who have accused the L.A. County Sheriff's Department of allowing unjust beatings of jail inmates to persist during the last decade or so, the National Sheriffs Association has named Lee Baca its Sheriff of the Year. Baca ha ... More >>
How did progressive L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca end up running some of the nation's most violent jails? By letting Paul Tanaka do whatever he wants.
We call him the Teflon Sheriff because, despite more than a decade's worth of serious problems inside the L.A. jail system, woes that include gang-like cliques of tatted-up deputies, you keep electing Lee Baca as the county's top cop. Nothing seems to stick. Well, that might have changed today:
No surprise here. L.A. County Jail deputies sometimes stomp on, bash in, and literally break inmates' heads: That according to an ACLU report issued today, 48 hours ahead of the much-anticipated final findings of a separate Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence. The ACLU says in a summary that the ... More >>
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa isn't the only local politician leaving his municipal duties in the dust, these days, in pursuit of a higher political calling. A records request run by diligent county-watcher Eric Preven earlier this summer shows that L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca -- who we l ... More >>
See also: *Men's County Jail Visitor Viciously Beaten by Guards. L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca says he didn't know his deputies were allegedly beating inmates (and even visitors) at the jail facilities he's supposed to be overseeing. Findings from the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence unleashed ... More >>