Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years
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Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca through the years

Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Then-Chief Deputy Lee Baca poses with a group of supporters for a photo in downtown Los Angeles following his announcement that he is a candidate for L.A. County sheriff on January 22, 1998. 

 (Rick Meyer / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Sheriff–elect Lee Baca meets with rank-and-file sheriff’s deputies at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in November 1998.

 (Rolando Otero / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Lee Baca is sworn in as sheriff of Los Angeles County on December 12, 1998.

 (Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Supervisor Gloria Molina hold a news conference on a proposed ban on gun sales on August 24, 1999. 

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Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Vice President Al Gore and L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca arrive at the Sheriff’s Department training academy in Whittier on June 8, 2000.

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Sheriff Lee Baca speaks with news media on October 6, 2000, about a pilot program that linked the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department in the event of an emergency.

 (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Gov. Gray Davis appears at a news conference with L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and other law enforcement personnel on July 24, 2003, in a push to pass Davis’ proposed budget.

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, left, and L.A. Police Chief William Bratton share a light–hearted moment with Torrance Police Chief Jim Herren and Long Beach Police Chief Tony Batts as they appear before the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on July 20, 2004. The board approved placing on the ballot a half–cent sales tax to fund law enforcement needs.

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, right, arrives at Compton City Hall to announce the department’s new shooting policy at a news conference on June 9, 2005. 

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Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Community activist Morris Griffin, left, shakes hands with Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca after he outlined the department’s new shooting policy at a news conference at Compton City Hall on June 9, 2005. 

 (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca holds a modified AK–47, one of hundreds of firearms confiscated, during a Compton-area gang task force news conference on May 8, 2006, at the Compton Sheriff’s Station. 

 (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Sheriff Lee Baca, center, with Sheriff’s Chief Ronnie Williams, left, and LAPD Det. Art Placencia during an election night party at the Holiday Inn in downtown Los Angeles on June 6, 2006.

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Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca meets with inmates to listen to their complaints and issues at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles on October 1, 2011. 

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca examine a high-capacity shotgun, one of 363 shotguns among more than 2,000 firearms collected during a gun buy-back program, on Dec. 27, 2012.

 (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca faces the media during a news conference on December 9, 2013, in response to an announcement of the FBI arrests of 17 sworn members of the Sheriff’s Department in connection with a federal probe into activities at L.A. County jails.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces on January 7, 2014, that he will not seek a fifth term

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces on January 7, 2014, that he will not seek a fifth term and will retire.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca shakes hands with Celes King, vice chair of the Congress On Racial Equality of California, after Baca announces his retirement on January 7, 2014.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca admires the craftsmanship in a court chamber on the eight

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca admires the craftsmanship in a court chamber on the eighth floor of the of the newly refurbished 1925 Hall of Justice in Los Angeles on Oct 8, 2014. Baca was instrumental in saving the earthquake-damaged building.

 (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves U.S. District Court after being arraigned on charges of obstructing justice and lying to the federal government on August 12, 2016. 

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca waits for a vehicle on the loading dock of the L.A. Federal Courthouse on July 18, 2016, after a judge threw out the ex-sheriff’s plea deal, calling a 6-month prison term too lenient. 

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, center, escorted by his wife, Carol Chiang, right, and h

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, center, escorted by his wife, Carol Chiang, right, and his attorney, Nathan Hochman, center left, walks out of the federal courthouse after Baca’s first obstruction trial ends in a mistrial on December 22, 2016.

 (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, left, with his wife, Carol Chiang, walks to court on March 15, 2017. 

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Ex-Sheriff Baca through the years

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca talks to the media outside the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse after he was found guilty of obstruction on March 15, 2017. 

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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