Columnists Earl Ofari Hutchinson Opinion

THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: A license to kill with impunity

The slaying of Anthony Weber by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies again casts the ugly glare on something that Sheriff’s Department officials virtually promised would cease. That is the killing under highly dubious circumstances of young African-American and Hispanic males. The word dubious is charitable given that Weber was a high school teen, was not Read More…

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Closing arguments to begin Monday in Baca trial

LOS ANGELES — A pair of former Los Angeles County district attorneys were among those testifying Dec. 16 in defense of former Sheriff Lee Baca, who is facing federal corruption charges in a trial that will move to closing arguments next week. Ira Reiner, who was the county’s top prosecutor from 1984-92, and Steve Cooley, Read More…

Columnists Earl Ofari Hutchinson Opinion

THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: The two sides of former Sheriff Lee Baca

The news that former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca suffers the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease stirred a mix of personal bittersweet memories of the sometimes productive, other times, challenging confrontations, I had with him through the years. Those confrontations told much about the good and the bad times for Baca and the Sheriff’s Read More…