Los Angeles County Sheriff Baca told news reporters he is throwing in the towel Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Sheriff Baca 71, is giving up his post as Sheriff of Los Angeles County in the midst of a widespread corruption scandal inside one of his own jails. Why would Sheriff Baca abandon his post now? Well, we are shocked he would bail on his department when they need him the most during troubling times when at least 18 of his deputies were recently charged with various crimes mostly by federal authorities. It would seem most of the charges levied against the 18 deputies are pretty weak and will likely cost the fine citizens of Los Angeles County millions in pay out settlements in the end. Bob Olmstead an aggressive forerunner for the position of Sheriff has been outspoken about corruption within the jail system. Now then, I interviewed Bob Olmstead a few months ago and it was agreed if a deputy as an example violates policy and or any law he/she should be dealt with accordingly. While I thought this is a fair assessment, Bob related he is for fairness and each case should be looked at on an individual basis. However, it was also agreed, that if a deputy commits a minor violation the discipline should fit and be assessed as progressive discipline.
Again, a fair assessment by Bob and a good one at that! Here is the problem as I see it, it appears Sheriff Baca has imposed harsh discipline upon jail deputies including termination when it is unwarranted. Why, because he buckled under pressure to do something…and his something is wrong….This my friends is very wrong as every deputy should be treated fairly under due process of law, specifically under AB 301, the Officers Bill of Rights! We are familiar with at least one wrongful termination in where the deputy was terminated without cause and it looks as though the deputy is soon to be reinstated and it will cost the county an exorbitant amount of money. So there is no mistaken, Bob is talking about corruption such as assault and or battery under the color of authority or some serious violation…not a deputy taking to long of a lunch period or a deputy leaving off shift 15 minutes early. Bob is speaking of real corruption in where the current administration has failed to act. As it looks, Sheriff Baca has succumbed to political pressure to resign immediately. Bob Olmstead, former Commander is seeking election as the new Los Angeles County Sheriff and is said to be the frontrunner as we speak. We indorse Bob Olmstead, a leader with the foresight to report corruption and not afraid to speak out for the rights of others. Bob is a cops cop and he is what we call real! A real cop who will shine as Los Angeles County Sheriff, for all the people, no matter their race or religion. Furthermore, Bob is not only a leader but an innovator with great insight into the county and its vision to succeed. We will probably never know why Sheriff Baca threw in the towel and abandoned his department so suddenly, however, what we do know is Bob Olmstead has long taken the stance he will gladly accept the position and take command as Sheriff. Los Angeles County citizenry does not need a quitter, they need a winner like Bob Olmstead who is a stand up, badge carrying, gun carrying real Sheriff who will protect us from all evil.
Kevin Faler, C.E.O.