Embattled Los Angeles County sheriff to retire

Jan 7, 2014 12:16 PM

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) - Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says he will not seek re-election to a fifth term and will retire at the end of the month.

In an emotional statement outside sheriff's headquarters Tuesday, the 71-year-old Baca said the major reason was what he termed the negative perception the upcoming campaign would have on his department.

The department and Baca's leadership have been under increasing scrutiny.

Eighteen current and former sheriff's deputies were recently indicted for alleged crimes that included beating inmates and jail visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to obstruct an FBI probe of the nation's largest jail system.

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