A few bad apples: L.A. Sheriff convicted of obstructing a federal investigation into corruption and abuses in county jails

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Posted by Deborah Jarrett

Go on, keep saying it “It’s just a few bad apples, most of them are good guys”. Keep saying it when time after time it is shown to be otherwise.    This is corruption from top to bottom and everywhere in between.   When are the people going to figure out that these people are not public servants, they are power mongers and petty tyrants bent on dominance and control?     It’s not the job that does it, it is the person doing the job. By the very nature of the person who chooses to do this the result is guaranteed.   Remember this Sheriff and every corrupt cop in his jail and Dept. the next time you have contact with LEO. Your life and freedom are in jeopardy any time you are in the presence of people like these.   Read the story below and find out the what these degenerates really think about the law.

Excerpted from the L.A. Times:

“LOS ANGELES — Lee Baca, the former Los Angeles County sheriff, was found guilty on Wednesday of obstructing a federal investigation of corruption and abuses in county jails, as well as covering up his attempt to block investigators.

The verdict brings an end to a corruption scandal that has dogged the largest sheriff’s department in the country and reached the highest levels of the department. Ten other officers, ranging from rank-and-file deputies to Mr. Baca’s second in command, have been convicted or pleaded guilty to interfering in the federal investigation into the jail system. More deputies have been found guilty of routinely sexually humiliating inmates and severely beating them at the jails, according to the Justice Department.”

 

“Federal prosecutors argued that Mr. Baca directed a conspiracy in 2011 to stop the F.B.I. from investigating allegations of abuse and corruption in the county’s jails, including trying to keep federal agents away from an inmate who was working for them as an informant, intimidating the agent leading the investigation and manipulating potential witnesses.

Mr. Baca’s top deputy, Paul Tanaka, was convicted of obstruction of justice and conspiracy last year and sentenced to five years in prison. Federal District Judge Percy Anderson, the same judge who oversaw Mr. Tanaka’s trial, will hand down Mr. Baca’s sentence. Federal prosecutors tried to avoid a trial late last year by reaching a plea deal with Mr. Baca, which would have put him in prison for no longer than six months. But Judge Anderson ruled that the sentence was too lenient.

Deputies initially discovered the federal civil rights investigation in the summer of 2011, when they found that F.B.I. agents had bribed a deputy to get a cellphone to the inmate working as an informant in their investigation of widespread corruption and routine beatings at the jail. The department later moved the inmate around to several other jails, using a pseudonym so that he could not be found and stopping him from speaking to a grand jury, witnesses in the trial said.

Two sheriff sergeants later approached an F.B.I. agent at her home and threatened to arrest her, a plan that prosecutors said Mr. Baca had approved. Other employees of the sheriff’s department tried to dissuade the inmate and other deputies from cooperating with the investigation.”

The rest of the story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/former-los-angeles-sheriff-found-guilty-of-obstructing-federal-investigation.html

 

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