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AP source: LA sheriff to announce retirement

AP source: Embattled Los Angeles County sheriff to retire; leads largest US jail system

AP source: LA sheriff to announce retirement

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A law enforcement official says embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will announce his retirement. Baca leads the largest jail system in the U.S.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to publicly release the information in advance of a press conference Tuesday planned by Baca.

The 71-year-old's department has come under increasing pressure in recent months, including a federal indictment of 18 current and former deputies allegedly involved in jail violence or cover-ups.

The Sheriff's Department oversees a jail system with more than 18,700 inmates.

Baca has acknowledged mistakes but distanced himself personally from allegations.

Updated : 2021-05-13 02:04 GMT+08:00