LA Sheriff Lee Baca and Chief Deputy Paul Tanaka admitted in public last week that they failed to uncover the abuse of prisoners by deputies in county jails. Also, LA Metro extends late-night train service ‘til 2am, and, Mitt Romney, across the Pond and Beyond.
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LA Sheriff Lee Baca and his top Deputy Paul Tanaka answered tough questions last week about the abuse of inmates by deputies in the county jails. They testified before a commission appointed by the Board of Supervisors after it was revealed that a federal investigation was under way. Baca said he was not told about widespread abuse, but admitted he was to blame.
Steve Whitmore, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (@sheriffspio)
Robert Faturechi, ProPublica (@RobertFaturechi)
Michael Gennaco, Justice Department (formerly)
Peter Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)
Steve Hymon, Puckalolos
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