Sheriff Lee Baca Asks For Independent Review Of Donor Help

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has asked for an independent review of allegations that he used department resources to help a political donor.

Spokesman Steve Whitmore says Tuesday that Baca wants the county’s Office of Independent Review to look into the sheriff’s 2008 order that detectives investigate the tenant of a political donor for lease forgery.

The dispute was in Beverly Hills but police there decided it wasn’t a criminal matter. County prosecutors declined to file charges.

On Monday, the head of the Office of Independent Review told the Los Angeles Times he wouldn’t investigate because the Sheriff’s Department has no policy against giving donors special treatment.

But Whitmore says the chief wants a probe, did nothing wrong and has nothing to hide.

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