The sheriff’s lie came 25 minutes into the interview.
It was an April afternoon in 2013, and a federal prosecutor was bearing down on Lee Baca, trying to find out how much he knew about his underlings’ attempts to obstruct FBI agents investigating corruption and brutality by deputies inside his Los Angeles County jails.
Had he known in advance, the prosecutor asked, that two of his deputies were going to confront the lead FBI agent at her home?
“I wasn’t aware of any of the … particulars,” Baca said. In fact, he knew all about it.
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