Lt. Patrick Gomez, a veteran Ethics Training Officer, retired after 31 years with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is appalled by the rampant beatings of inmates by deputies, and serious misconduct and abuse of taxpayer money by Sheriff Lee Baca and Under Sheriff Paul Tanaka. He describes the first hand vicious retaliatory treatment dished out by the Department. He is currently running for Sheriff for the third time, his first run was in 2002. He learned that to speak out was dangerous to his career when he was refused promotion for being disloyalty to “Baca” in violation of his First Amendment Rights. This ethics officer was compelled to file a lawsuit in 2004 and after continued threats and harassment by fellow deputies, which continued for eight years he won a unanimous jury decision and was promoted as ordered by the Court.
Segment 2: Million Dollar Settlements…Tip of The Iceberg For Taxpayers
L. A. Sheriff Dept. Lt. Patrick Gomez discloses the astounding amount of legal fees approved by Sheriff Baca from his annual budget, that was over and above the $950,000 settlement for his retaliation lawsuit against Sheriff Baca, Under Sheriff Larry Waldie. Gomez divulges that he and his family were victimized by brutal phone threats that were followed, cars parked outside his home with people watching and following him, and having neighbors turned against him. This unparalleled campaign to intimidate him over a period of 8 years. Gomez charges that Baca didn’t care about dragging the lawsuit out over the eight years, costing the taxpayers an estimated two million. He explains that as Sheriff, he will hold everyone accountable.
Segment 3: Baca and Tanaka’s Lack of Moral Leadership
L. A. Sheriff Dept. Lt. Patrick Gomez states that he’s running for Sheriff because the public needs someone who doesn’t owe anyone anything. He discusses the lack of moral leadership and fiscal irresponsibility by Baca and Tanaka, the corruption, and obstruction of justice in hiding an FBI informant to keep him from providing evidence against the LASD. Gomez explains that unqualified individuals with criminal backgrounds were hired to meet Baca’s quota. He calls the claim of overcrowding in the jails false, that the lack of staff is the problem, and outlines why Baca made a mistake in closing a women’s jail that is now just used to film movies and cannot be re-opened without bringing the building up to code.