On Tuesday, L.A. County Sheriff Baca finally exercised the kind of leadership that has sorely been lacking from his office when he announced his retirement at the end of this month. His decision makes possible a new era of accountability and reform in a department plagued by abuse and impunity.
The announcement this week by Sheriff Lee Baca that he agrees with and intends to implement all of the recommendations laid out in a new report by the Citizen's Commission on Jail Violence is welcome news.
Because Baca holds a position of public trust, he needs to show not only that he has accepted responsibility for his and his subordinates' mistakes, but also that he is taking all the necessary steps to prevent them from recurring in the future.
For immigrants, both documented and undocumented, arrest even without imprisonment can lead to being taken away from loved ones through deportation. We have to ask ourselves: what is being done to our communities?
My father proudly served in the Military Intelligence Service. Yet when I was a child, we were confined at an internment camp simply because of our Japanese ancestry. Decades later, something similarly sinister is returning to our country.