Each trial, conviction and sentence handed down to members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department since 2014 exposed deep flaws within the nation’s largest law enforcement agency of its kind, observers and civil rights activists said this week.
The years-long legal saga, they said, sent a message to the department that no one was above the law, not even former Sheriff Lee Baca, who was found guilty Wednesday of obstruction and other charges in connection with an FBI probe into corruption and excessive use of force inside the Men’s Central Jail.
Baca was the 10th member of the department, and the highest ranking, to be convicted of such charges. The court cases and ensuing headlines forced Los Angeles County officials to scrutinize the department and jails and push for reforms.
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