Will L.A. Sheriff Deputies’ Verdicts Lead To Charges Against Higher-Ups?


Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was testifying in the case of a deputy charged with obstruction of justice this year when the prosecutor asked if he was familiar with a common investigative tactic: Start with low-level criminals, then go after their bosses. The judge barred the question, but the implication was clear, says the Los Angeles Times. While the FBI’s sweeping probe into alleged corruption and brutality at the L.A. County jails had so far only resulted in charges against lower-level officials, investigators were continuing to examine the actions of top sheriff’s brass.

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