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Retired Commander Warned L.A. Sheriff About Problem Deputies

December 01, 2011  | 

A retired commander in Los Angeles County's jail system told the Los Angeles Times that he warned Sheriff Lee Baca and other senior officials last year about deputies using excessive force against inmates, but was ignored until the problems grew into a public scandal.

Robert Olmsted said he informed Sheriff Baca about shoddy investigations that allowed deputies to escape scrutiny for using force and voiced concern about deputies forming aggressive cliques.

Tags: Corrections, L.A. County Sheriff


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jdoe @ 12/1/2011 11:42 PM

Sheriff Baca..
To be consistent with the departments mission and training with ethical behavior I respectfully suggest if you find the Undersheriff did not do his job,, and he influenced this situation negatively... as is reported...that you fire him.. just like you would a deputy
Another sad day for LASD... a lot of them lately...

DD @ 12/2/2011 4:53 AM

The person reporting was a Commander, knew about the problem and then passed the buck while he was walking out the door...Shame on him for not addressing and correcting the problems while he was in a position of authority and chose not to. Sounds like someone retired before they were off the clock.

Robert Shaffer Ex-LASD @ 12/2/2011 12:07 PM

It may have been Waldie who knew about this and he did retire. But, the conduct in the jail system has been like that for 50years. Also read www.whenlawmenlie.com

deportega @ 12/4/2011 6:38 AM

We do the best we can with what we got to work with. The inmates may not like it, but oh well. That's how we run our jails. I support Sheriff Baca. He's doing the best he can, and I know personally that he supports us. Enough said, it's being handled..

Bob @ 3/28/2014 4:31 PM

"I support Sheriff Baca." How about now, that he has resigned in disgrace? He event went as far as to say that he sees himself as "part of the past". deportega, I suppose you are a part of the past now too in having supported him, huh?

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