*Can we trust that ANY law enforcement officials are even law-abiding themselves? This question resurfaces for many as Retired L.A. County Sheriff, Lee Baca, admitted on Wednesday that he lied — twice — about his involvement in hiding a jail inmate from FBI investigators. You may recall this is about a case that led to an investigation of the entire dept.
Why it should hit me so hard to learn that someone like Baca, in the highest law enforcement position, would straight out tell a bold-faced lie just goes to show that even I, a seasoned woman with trust issues, can still be fooled.
Baca’s revelation comes as part of a plea agreement filed with the court on Wednesday. According to the agreement, divulged by Eileen Decker, U.S. attorney for the Central District of California during a news conference the same day, prosecutors promise to not seek a prison sentence of more than six months.
Baca also came clean about lying when he said that he was unaware that his subordinates planned to approach an FBI special agent at her home. Baca directed the subordinates to approach the agent, stating that they should “do everything but put handcuffs” on her, the agreement read.
Paul Tanaka, Lee’s 2nd in command, is no doubt sitting on pins and needles as his trial date in March approaches. He faces charges that he obstructed a federal investigation into brutality and corruption by sheriff’s deputies in the county jails.
Damn, how must it feel to be someone who had the power to take someone’s freedom; only to find yourself in handcuffs as you walk towards your own cell.
Game face time, criminals.