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Supporters of former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka awarded $800,000 for alleged retaliation

Supporters of former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka awarded $800,000 for alleged retaliation

Shortly after going on a fishing trip with then-Undersheriff Paul Tanaka in June 2013, Capt. Chuck Antuna was transferred to a job that increased his daily commute by hundreds of miles.

In the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, such a transfer is commonly known as “freeway therapy.”

Antuna sued the county and then-Sheriff Lee Baca, alleging that Baca transferred him because of his support for Tanaka, who planned to run for sheriff against Baca.

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On Tuesday, Antuna was among eight sheriff’s officials awarded a total of $800,000...

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