LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka has to face some tough questions concerning the abuse of inmates by deputies in the county jails.READ MORE: Popup Clinic In The Westlake District Delivers Vaccinations and Food Packages To A Community Hit Hard By The Pandemic
The FBI is investigating alleged misconduct in the jail system and the ACLU claims deputies have beat up prisoners at least 70 times.
The County Board of Supervisors appointed the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence to take testimony.
The commission has heard complaints of excessive force and that reports of deputies behaving like gangs were ignored.READ MORE: Angels Games Saturday And Sunday Postponed Due To Positive COVID-19 Tests On The Twins Roster
Commission attorney Bert Deixler had pointed questions for Tanaka, who was in charge of the jails for more than two years, KNX 1070’s John Brooks reported.
“At no time, did anybody mention to you or you even aware that there was a problem in the Men’s Central Jail of excessive force?” Deixler said.
“That was never brought to my attention as a problem,” Tanaka said.MORE NEWS: Kroger Closing Ralph's And Food 4 Less In Long Beach Saturday Over Hero Pay Law
Sheriff Lee Baca, who 14 years ago pledged to end excessive use of force and brutality by deputies during his campaign, will be questioned next.