FROM Steve Whitmore
LA Times Begs Sheriff Baca Not to Run for Fifth Term Saturday’s Los Angeles Times carried an editorial titled, “Don’t Run Again, Sheriff Baca.” It sites what it calls “an extraordinary cascade of scandals” including alleged beating of inmates at Los Angeles County jails, and an FBI investigation into alleged criminal wrongdoing. What are Baca’s plans for next year’s re-election?
Law Enforcement: Technology and Privacy Special cameras on law enforcement patrol cars continuously scan the license plates of other drivers. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck calls them, "an investigative tool with unlimited potential." The Sheriff's Department says information from a license-plate scan helped solve a murder months after it happened, but the American Civil Liberties Union says there's a problem with privacy. The LAPD won't answer questions while there's a lawsuit pending.
A Major Shakeup in Local Law Enforcement Paul Tanaka is the top appointee of LA County Sheriff Lee Baca. Tuesday, Tanaka was elected to a third term as Mayor of Gardena. Yesterday, he resigned as Undersheriff after 33 years in the department, effective on August 1 -- when he becomes eligible for full retirement pay.
Is LA Sheriff Lee Baca Playing Offense or Defense? LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says he's going to fire seven deputies calling themselves the Jump Out Boys, a secret clique of deputies who wear special tattoos that are modified to "honor" members who get into shootings. Robert Faturechi reported that story this morning in the LA Times . We hear from him, the Sheriff's Department and others.
Sheriff Baca Admits Mistakes, But What’s Next? LA Sheriff Lee Baca and his top Deputy Paul Tanaka answered tough questions last week about the abuse of inmates by deputies in the county jails. They testified before a commission appointed by the Board of Supervisors after it was revealed that a federal investigation was under way. Baca said he was not told about widespread abuse, but admitted he was to blame.
Is LA 'Secure' for American Citizens? The Obama Administration is setting records for deporting illegal immigrants with the highest rate in six decades. But some American citizens are being caught in the net. In the past few weeks, at least three citizens have been detained in Los Angeles County at the request of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. It's part of the Secure Communities program, under which the fingerprints of everyone arrested and booked by local law enforcement are checked against a federal database.
ACLU Calls for the Closure of the Men's Central Jail Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has long called the Men’s Central Jail the biggest mental institution in the United States. Today, the American Civil Liberties released a report by psychiatrist Terry Kupers. It paints a picture of nightmarish conditions, where thousands of mentally ill prisoners are abused instead of receiving treatment. The ACLU says it should be shut down .
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?