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L.A. Now Live: Baca pressured second in command to retire

March 25, 2013|By Joseph Serna

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pressured his second-in-command to retire amid an abuse scandal in the jails, sources told the Los Angeles Times.

Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss Tanaka’s retirement and Baca’s recent actions with Los Angeles Times reporter Robert Faturechi.

Despite repeated public assertions that Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was doing well, privately Baca pushed for Tanaka to retire, the Times reported.

Tanaka’s retirement -- effective Aug. 1 -- is one of several changes in the department in the wake of a federal investigation and watchdog probe into how sheriff’s deputies treat jail inmates and visitors.

Tanaka has not ruled out running for sheriff in 2014, possibly posing the stiffest challenge to Baca’s seat in 14 years.

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