660-1 Should Rogers Have Won the Sheriff Election?

Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers was appointed to his position by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca after Baca told Under-Sheriff Paul Tanaka that he had to go. Rogers divulges startling allegations against Tanaka by numerous fellow officers over the years, warning Baca that Tanaka “was a cancer in the Sheriff’s Department.” Rogers states that Baca revealed he had made a lot of mistakes and needed to trust Rogers, offering him the position of Assistant Sheriff to help Baca fix the department. Rogers said he searched his soul, but didn’t sell it, and that he had come to the conclusion that he needed to run against Baca because of Baca’s lack of oversight and failure to lead the department. Rogers said that while Baca backed him to run for Sheriff, he also backed two other individuals to run for the position. Rogers said he disagreed, and that one individual should have been chosen that could best lead the department.

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660-2 The Truth About Baca & Tanaka?

Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff to LASD Sheriff Lee Baca, divulges a long string of conflicts between Baca and Under-Sheriff Paul Tanaka. Rogers describes an instance of one Sheriff’s Sergeant pointing a gun at another one when he was a Commander, with a recommendation by him and his chief for demotion, but Tanaka was able to bully and override that decision because the instigator was a friend of his, culminating in a 15-day suspension for that individual. Rogers describes that incident as the beginning of the end between Baca and Tanaka. He reveals that Baca forced Tanaka out, and then Tanaka retired, with a healthy pension. Rogers said there were continuous examples when Tanaka should have been investigated and disciplined, but it didn’t happen. He explains that Baca first encouraged him to run for Sheriff, later asked him to withdraw, and how Baca strongly supported Commander James Hellmold, a very close friend, to run for Sheriff.

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660-3 Sheriff Baca’s Long Reach

Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff to LASD Sheriff Lee Baca, and candidate for Sheriff describes his tenure as Assistant Sheriff and called it an “awesome responsibility” to be trusted by Sheriff Lee Baca with complete authority over 17,000 members, training, the budget, and the academy for over 14 months. Rogers acknowledges that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors held back funds because of their dislike of Baca and that Rogers met with them to obtain an additional $40 million for the budget. Rogers describes himself as the “antithesis” of Under-Sheriff Paul Tanaka and said that when Baca promoted him, he told him he needed someone trusted and respected inside and outside the department. Rogers reveals that he would expand the concealed carry law, but would be judicious about his choices. He discusses campaign funding by powerful business interests leading to favors owed, which he opposes.

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