Acquitted deputies file civil rights suit against former under-sheriff, ex-prosecutor

LA Sheriff Acquitted

LOS ANGELES – Attorneys for two sheriff’s deputies acquitted of perjury and conspiracy charges filed a civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the department’s now-jailed former under-sheriff, among others, alleging they were the victims of a politically motivated prosecution.

Patrol deputies Robert Lindsey Jr. and Charles Rodriguez contend they were wrongfully  prosecuted at the direction of Paul Tanaka stemming from a grudge the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s then-second-in-command held against Lindsey’s now-retired father, a sheriff’s commander who frequently challenged the undersheriff’s authority.

“The charges were not based on evidence — they were based on a personal vendetta,” said attorney Ron Kaye, who filed the lawsuit in federal court. “Tanaka pushed the Los Angeles (County) District Attorney’s Office to press trumped-up charges.”

Kaye said that if one of Tanaka’s subordinates ever went against him, “your career in law enforcement was in jeopardy.”

Representatives of the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office declined comment on the complaint, which also names Kevin Stennis, who was then a deputy district attorney and is now a judge, and former members of the sheriff’s Internal Criminal Investigative Bureau (ICIB).

The suit seeks unspecified damages and attorney’s fees.

According to the lawsuit, ICIB — which reported to Tanaka — recommended to the District Attorney’s Office that Lindsey and Rodriguez be charged with filing a false police report in connection with a June 2011 drug bust outside a Huntington Park bar.

A prosecutor said charges against the deputies were pursued after surveillance video appeared to contradict details in Lindsey’s arrest report — but the case was dismissed after a key witness failed to appear for the preliminary hearing, the suit states.

However, Stennis moved against the deputies a second time after “someone from the Sheriff’s Department came and had a meeting with my boss and I was told I would re-file the case,” Stennis told Lindsey’s then-attorney, according to the lawsuit.

Kaye said the circumstances surrounding the case illustrate the “collusion between the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office.”

When the case against the deputies went to trial in June 2015, the lawmen were acquitted of all charges in less than three hours. Lindsey and Rodriguez were then reinstated as patrol deputies, according to Kaye.

“There was a complete lack of evidence,” Kaye said. “The case was built on air.”

Tanaka is serving a five-year sentence in federal prison for his role in a 2011 scheme by sheriff’s officials to thwart an FBI investigation into inmate abuse by deputies in the county’s jails.

Former members of ICIB — including its then-Captain William “Tom” Carey — were also convicted in the case and have been sentenced to various prison terms.

 

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LANCASTER


Living Water Worship Center
 1034 West Ave. L-12, Suite 105
Lancaster, CA. 93534

Worship Service:  8:00 AM
Bible Study: Tuesday 7:00 PM
661-422-6863
http://www.lwwcofav.org

Pastor Dwayne Jones

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The Lord House of Refuge
456 East Avenue K-4 Suite 1
Lancaster CA 93535

Worship Service: 10:30 A.M.
Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 PM
661-947-7121
661-857-6932

Pastor Tina Johnson

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Galilee Baptist Church
542 East Avenue G
Lancaster CA 93535
661-942-3239

Sunday School: 9:30 A.M.
Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.

Pastor BillyZone

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Wayside Christian Center
44219 10th Street West
Lancaster CA 93534

Worship Service: 11:00 A.M.
Tues. Bible Study: 7:00 P.M.
661-952-5710

 Dr. John Ward, Senior Pastor  

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Temple Ministries  
43913 15th Street West
Lancaster CA 93534

Sunday School 9:00 A.M.
Sunday Worship 10:00 A.M.
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 P.M.

George McIntyre, Pastor  


Agape Community Church
1722 East Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster CA 93535
661-949-1912

Sunday Service:  8:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M.
Sunday School:  9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 P.M.

Bishop George Todd, Senior Pastor

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Universal Church of God in Action
511 West Avenue H-8
Lancaster CA 93534
818-581-6080

Sunday School:  10:00 A.M.
Morning Worship:  11:30 A.M.
Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Wednesday
Women In Action:  12:00 P.M. Thursday
Youth Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Friday
Saturday Prayer:  8:00 A.M.  Saturday

Robert L. Jones, Jr.  Senior Pastor


Bible Way Deliverance Ministry
205 Nugent Street
Lancaster CA 93534
66-916-3418

Sunday School: 10:00 A.M.
Sunday Morning Service: 11:00 A.M.
Bible Study:  Wednesday: 6:30 P.M.
Women Ministry (WORCC): 3rd Saturday:  10:30 A.M.
Young Men’s Ministry: 1st Saturday:  10:30 A.M.

Pastor LeNeil & Pastor Venus Davis

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 LITTLEROCK


St. John Holy Trinity A.M.E
9543 East Avenue Q-10
Littlerock CA 93550
661-944-1225

Sunday School:  9:30 A.M.
Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.
Bible study Wednesday :  6:00 P.M.

Melanie Mays, Senior Pastor

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PALMDALE


True Vine Gospel Church
859 East Avenue Q
Palmdale CA 93550

Sunday School:  9:30-10:30 A.M.
Sunday Worship:  11:00 A.M.
Bible Study:  7:00-8:30 P.M. Wednesday

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 Al January, Pastor/Teacher 


Los Angeles


Do Right Christian Church
9815 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles CA.  90044
323-352-3529
323-752-5531

Sunday School: 7:40 A.M.
Worship Service: 8:30 A.M.
Bible Study: Thursday 7:00 P.M.

Lonnie McNamee, Senior Pastor

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Temple of Believers Community Church
11721 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90061
323-241-1870

Service Times
Sunday School:  9:30 AM
Morning Worship:  11:00 AM
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Pastor Wilburn Liddell                 

                                             

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Antelope Valley Re-Entry Coalition

Antelope Valley Re-Entry Coalition

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Antelope Valley College
3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster Ca 935366

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