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Baca and Tanaka: LA County Sheriff and his chief deputy grilled by jail investigation panel

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca conducts an inspection of Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles in this photo from December 2011. Grant Slater/KPCC

A commission investigating abuses in Los Angeles County jails is hearing from the top men in the Sheriff's Dept. today.

Sheriff Lee Baca, and his second-in-command, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka will be questioned by the Citizen's Commission on Jail Violence.

The panel has already heard from former inmates, civil rights lawyers and lower-ranking Sheriff's Dept. employees as it looks into widespread allegations of abuse in the jails.

Today, it hears from the men in charge. And there will be a lot of questions for Paul Tanaka. The panel has listened to testimony from subordinates who accuse him of ignoring misconduct by guards in the jails.

KPCC's Frank Stolze says Tanaka has a long relationship with the Sheriff, but there are indications Baca may be distancing himself, however slightly, from his right-hand man.

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