SHADY SHERIFFS FROM L.A. HISTORY
The infamous Lee Baca receives his sentence in May (more on him: http://bit.ly/1e3zIrX), but he's certainly no anomaly. These 5 dudes propagated their own fair share of corruption.
- •James R. BartonBarton was generally thought to be a pretty cool guy. In 1851, though, he ordered the massacre of Cahuilla Indians who had tried to torch a home. Not cool. He also shot a guy in a duel.
- •John C. ClineBetween 1914 and 1921, Cline embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars before the county Board of Supervisors fired him. He was also find of taking county vehicles out for joyrides.
- •Peter J. PitchessPitchess may have modernized the LASD, but he ran a notoriously violent department. His "poorly trained" deputies shot a tear gas canister into an anti-Vietnam War march, killing a journalist.
- •William I. TraegerTraeger may have rocked a hipster haircut, but his past membership in the KKK was far from hip. In 1922 he claimed that he’d been unclear about the Klan’s purpose when he signed up. Perhaps he just liked the hats?
- •Sherman BlockBlock was chill for much of his 16-year tenure. But as his health declined, the department suffered scandals—i.e. narcotics officers skimming money, deputies allegedly burned a cross in front of a black prisoner, etc. etc. Days before voters could decide his fate in 1998, Block died.