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LA Sheriff's race: A look at the many faces of Paul Tanaka




Undersherrif Paul Tanaka prepares to testify in front of the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence on Friday, July 27, 2012. The commission was formed by the LA County Board of Supervisors to investigate allegations of abuse at county jails.
Undersherrif Paul Tanaka prepares to testify in front of the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence on Friday, July 27, 2012. The commission was formed by the LA County Board of Supervisors to investigate allegations of abuse at county jails.
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Among the candidates running for Los Angeles Sheriff this year is Paul Tanaka, a 55-year-old Gardena resident who has already seen overwhelming support and criticism. 

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KPCC Reporter Frank Stoltze talks about what has made Tanaka who he is today, including a  look at his work history, cultural heritage and how the public views him.