After the Tanaka Verdict

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The conviction of former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka on Wednesday for corruption of justice is not only an important milestone in the process of reforming the nation’s largest sheriff’s department, but a significant step towards the reform of American policing in general.

While prosecutors are notoriously slow to bring charges against police officers—and juries are equally reluctant to convict those few officers who . . .

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