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Indictments underscore Jim McDonnell's challenges as L.A. County sheriff

Indictments underscore Jim McDonnell's challenges as L.A. County sheriff

A new round of indictments this week that reached the highest ranks of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department underscores the challenges facing new Sheriff Jim McDonnell he tries to reform the troubled agency. 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, prosecutors said. Tanaka threatened those who reported misbehavior by saying they themselves would be investigated, and he instructed deputies to push the boundaries by working in the "gray area,"...

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