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Former Undersheriff, head of LASD internal investigations facing federal obstruction of justice charges

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LA sheriff's candidate Paul Tanaka answers questions after testifying in a deputy misconduct trial in federal court. Frank Stoltze/KPCC

The man who used to be number two in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now seeing the criminal justice system from the other side.

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka has been indicted by a grand jury for obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. William Carey, who used to head up internal investigations for the LASD, was also indicted for obstruction of justice as well as perjuring himself on trial.

We reached out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for comment, but they deferred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has yet to respond to our request for comment.



Frank Stoltze, KPCC crime and public safety reporter

Celeste Fremon, creator and editor of and an award-winning journalist specializing in gangs, law enforcement and criminal justice. She is the author of“Downfall,” a piece which details the fall of Lee Baca in the March 2014 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

Peter Eliasberg, legal director for the ACLU of Southern California

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