They swept away an old guard to lead the two of the largest sheriff’s departments in the nation, promising reforms — treating drug offenders in jail, reaching out to long-neglected minority communities, training officers in a gentler approach with the homeless and mentally ill.
However in dress and demeanor, they looked and behaved more like Il Duche and Manuel Noriega. They turned their departments into third world styled dispensers of brutality that utterly disregarded the protections for citizens guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
They both left in disgrace.
Former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona finished his four-year federal prison term in 2015.
This week, 18 years after they both took office, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted of obstructing a federal inquiry into abuses in county jails and lying to investigators. He faces up to 20 years in a federal penitentiary.
The final chapter was victory for corruption prosecutors, who retried Baca after an earlier jury voted 11 to 1 to acquit him.
In the end, they were nothing more than a couple of Police State thugs.
Read the whole story in the LA Times