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L.A. County Sheriff Hammers Command Staff In Newspaper Interview

October 17, 2011  | 

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said he was unaware of jail abuse and blamed his command staff for failing to keep him in the loop, in his most candid remarks about allegations that deputies used excessive force on prisoners.

Sheriff Baca, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, pointed the finger at his command staff, in the interview.

"I wasn't ignoring the jails. I just didn't know," Baca told The Times. "People can say, 'What the hell kind of leader is that?' The truth is I should've known. So now I do know."

During a recent visit to Men's Central Jail, Sheriff Baca noticed that video cameras purchased more than a year ago to help monitor deputies and inmates had not been installed. The 69 cameras are still in boxes in a captain's office.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Related: ACLU Calls for L.A. County Sheriff Baca's Resignation

Tags: Corrections, Command Staff, L.A. County Sheriff


Comments (5)

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cam @ 10/17/2011 8:26 PM

Sheriff.... you have taken our department from a hook and book professional organization of policeman to a department where patrol is not coveted.. where street coppers are not appreciated ..where your command staff is full of yes men and women ..many with no real street cred...
You focus on all kinds of things that have nothing to do with patrol.. and now you wonder why your yes men dont have you in the loop...
Time for a new Sheriff.. and time for you to retire Sir.. Thank you for your service.. enjoy the retirement

Hugh @ 10/17/2011 8:35 PM

Sounds like the LA Sheriff would get along with LA PD Chief as they both seem so special!

Rick @ 10/18/2011 8:25 AM

It sounds like he needs to inspect his facilities more or he needs a new command staff. Either way, he's in charge and responsible.

Rick @ 10/18/2011 8:33 AM

Sheriff Baca has filled all the command positions ever since his first election with "Yes" men (and women). Too many good supervisors have just been burnt out because the good supervisors are not supported in documenting any negative about a subordinate. It is almost impossible to even fire a probationer since the Sheriff's policy is to hold documentation requirements for probationers to the same standard as a 15 year employee. Basically the only time the Department will fire someone is if they both embarrass the Department and commit a Felony.

Mark Tarte @ 10/18/2011 10:30 AM

Hmmm. Sheriff? Ah, sir? The department's run aground. Yes, I know you are the leader of the department but that you put a subordinate at the helm, but, ahem? As the leader, it is ultimately your responsibility sir. Maybe you missed that part when running for the office. Ever hear of Harry Truman and then sign on his desk? "The Buck Stops Here"? What sign is that on your desk sir? "Throw 'em under the bus everytime"? Got it sir. I'll make sure the press crucifies the next commander walking by sir. Have a good day sir.

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