How Safe Is the Sheriff of LA County?
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Five federal indictments against 18 officers add up to only the latest blow against LA Sheriff Lee Baca. A blue ribbon panel has already blamed him for brutality in the jails and mismanagement. The LA Times and a County Supervisor have told him it's time to retire, but he's running for re-election next year. Last night, we talked with some critics. Tonight we talk to supporters and others. Also, a tipping point in the effort to legalize marijuana in California.
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How Safe Is the Sheriff of LA County? ()
Next year, Lee Baca will be running for a fifth term as Sheriff of Los Angeles County. But last year, a blue ribbon commission blamed Baca's mismanagement for jailhouse brutality, which was at the heart of federal criminal charges filed yesterday against 18 of Baca's deputies. The US Attorney said abuse and corruption have been "institutionalized" in the Sheriff's department, a charge that Baca denies. "The exception of force incidents (14 or 15 people) under an indictment relative to jail activity is not an institutional number." Gloria Molina says the Board can't fire Baca, but voters can, and she's called on him to retire. But he has his supporters, too.
- Mark Ridley-Thomas: LA County Board of Supervisors, @mridleythomas
- Mark Geragos: Geragos and Geragos, @markgeragos
- Raphael Sonenshein: California State University, Los Angeles, @SonensheinPBI
- Andrea Ordin: Pepperdine University School of Law
California Support for Legalized Pot Is Higher than Ever ()
In 1969, 13 percent of Californians favored pot legalization, 49 percent favored harsher penalties for use and possession. By 1983, supporters had risen to 30 percent. In 2010, it was 50 percent, but a legalization measure failed on a statewide vote. Now, the number has risen to 55 percent. That's according to Mark Di Camillo, director of the California statewide Field Poll.
- Mark Di Camillo: Field Poll
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