L.A. Sheriff’s Indictments Put Focus On Agency’s New Leader


A new round of indictments that reached the highest ranks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department underscores the challenges facing new Sheriff Jim McDonnell he tries to reform the troubled agency, the Los Angeles Times reports. Federal prosecutors painted a troubling picture of the department under former longtime Sheriff Lee Baca and his second in command, Paul Tanaka. Internal investigations of misconduct, including beatings of jail inmates by sheriff’s deputies, were woefully inadequate, the prosecutors said. Tanaka threatened those who reported misbehavior by saying they themselves would be investigated.

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