Despite Investigations, Abuse Reports, Baca Named NSA Sheriff Of Year


Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was named “Sheriff of the Year” by the National Sheriffs’ Assocation even though his department is being investigated by the federal government and a county commission examining abuse in Baca’s jails found him to be disengaged and uninformed, saying he probably would have been fired in the private sector, the Los Angeles Times reports. His spokesman said the honor was appropriate given Baca is “the most progressive sheriff in the nation” and “a guy that works seven days a week.” Critics disagreed. “You gotta be kidding,” said Peter Eliasberg of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. “The years of malfeasance in the jails and the blatant failure of the sheriff to address the problems make his winning this award mind-boggling.” The association that picked Baca represents most of the sheriffs across the nation, with about 2,700 sheriffs as members. “He’s an exemplary sheriff” said the association’s Fred Wilson.

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