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MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his retirement Tuesday amid federal investigations that have targeted abuses in his jails and discrimination against minorities in one of the communities his deputies patrol.
Baca said he would step down at the end of the month and wouldn’t seek re-election because he was concerned about the ‘‘negative perception’’ the upcoming campaign would create concerning the nation’s largest sheriff’s department.
‘‘I didn’t want to have to enter a campaign that would be full of negative, contentious politicking,’’ said Baca, 71, in an emotional statement outside sheriff’s headquarters.