Ex-LA County sheriff's official to challenge Baca

Olmsted Instead for LA County Sheriff

Bob Olmsted (via YouTube)

A retired Los Angeles County sheriff's commander who helped expose jail abuses says he'll challenge Sheriff Lee Baca in next year's election.

Bob Olmsted tells the Los Angeles Times that the department is mismanaged and he'll clean it up.

Baca, who's been sheriff for 15 years, has two other challengers so far: retired sheriff's Lt. Patrick Gomez and Los Angeles police supervisor Lou Vince.

Olmsted was with the Sheriff's Department for more than three decades. He commissioned internal audits that concluded some deputies used unnecessary force against inmates in the nation's largest jail system.

Federal officials are investigating brutality claims and Baca has agreed to sweeping reforms.

In a campaign ad posted to YouTube, Olmsted said a string of public scandals have made the department lose sight of its job of serving the people, and he pledged to do better. 

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