Los Angeles’ Muslim-American community reflects on Sheriff Lee Baca’s legacy

Jan 7, 2014

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser (L), president and f

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser (L), president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Melvin Bledsoe (2nd L), Abdirizak Bihi (2nd R), director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, and Leroy Baca (R), Sheriff of Los Angeles County, testify before the Committee on Homeland Security holds the first in a series of hearings on radicalization in the American Muslim community, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 10, 2011. ; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

In the post-9/11 backlash against the Muslim-American community, Sheriff Baca made a name for himself as an advocate of outreach and understanding towards members of the Muslim community.

While his newly announced retirement has brought with it a slew of issues, Baca’s aid for American followers of Islam has been a relatively strong point. What does his retirement mean for the Muslim-American community? How will the large public debacles at the Sheriff’s Office reflect on the community, and who will they look to going forward?


Salam Al-Marayati, Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council


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