Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his plans to retire at the end of the month at a press conference Tuesday morning. Baca made a statement at the Sheriff’s Headquarters Building.
The decision comes amid a growing scandal over inmate abuse at the jails that saw numerous deputies charged with crimes. Some of those deputies are also accused of attempting to obstruct an FBI investigation into the Sheriff’s Department.
“I am not going to seek reelection for a fifth term as sheriff, and I will retire at the end of this month,” Baca said. ”The reasons for doing so are so many. Some are most personal and private, but the prevailing one is the negative perception this upcoming campaign has brought to the exemplary service provided to the men and women of the Sheriff’s Department.”
Hear his full statement here, and see a timeline of his career as L.A. Sheriff.
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