Harry Lee, the seven-term suburban New Orleans sheriff whose blunt talk sometimes led to sour relations with black leaders, died Monday of leukemia, his chief deputy said. He was 75.
Lee announced in April that he had leukemia. Although he reported in June that it was in remission, it returned in August. Even so, Lee signed up to run for re-election as sheriff of Jefferson Parish in the Oct. 20 election.
Characteristically plain-spoken, he told a New Orleans television station that anyone who ran against him would be committing “political suicide.”
Lee prompted outrage by suggesting his deputies could randomly question young black men in high-crime areas and considered using video cameras — some in armored vehicles — to monitor street groups and vehicle license plates.