LA County Sheriff Announces Retirement Amid Series of Scandals
LOS ANGELES - Embattled LA County Sheriff Lee Baca has just announced he is stepping down at the end of the month.
In an emotional statement outside sheriff's headquarters Tuesday, the 71-year-old Baca said the major reason was what he termed the negative perception the upcoming campaign would have on his department.
The department and Baca's leadership have been under increasing scrutiny.
Eighteen current and former sheriff's deputies were recently indicted for alleged crimes that included beating inmates and jail visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to obstruct an FBI probe of the nation's largest jail system.