When Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies discovered an inmate with a smuggled phone was working with the FBI to expose inmate abuse by guards, word quickly went to the upper ranks of the embattled agency.
The department’s second-in-command and a high-ranking official responsible for investigating misconduct went to work, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
But rather than look into misconduct in the troubled jails, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and former Capt. William Thomas Carey conspired to derail the investigation into a culture of deputy abuse and corruption, according to a federal indictment.
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