Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department secret gang exposed
May 10, 2012 | 4:25 p.m. PST
An investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has revealed that the gang unit has members involved in their own secret gang. They have matching tattoos of a gun-toting skeleton which deputies would modify when they were involved in a shooting.
One deputy has already admitted to belonging to this secret gang that goes by the name, “Jump Out Boys.” The investigation has identified about half a dozen other deputies as members.
The other members are expected to be summoned for interviews with internal affairs investigators.
Suspicion about the group’s existence was sparked several weeks ago when a supervisor discovered a pamphlet laying out the group’s creed, which promoted aggressive policing and encouraged officer involved shootings of potential suspects.
Internal affairs investigators are trying to determine whether the deputies violated Sheriff’s Department rules or committed serious misconduct.
The Jump Out Boys appear to be taking on several characteristics of the gangs they are assigned to investigate.
Last year, six LASD deputies were fired when it was learned they assaulted two fellow deputies at a Christmas party. The six deputies were part of another internal gang called the “3000 Boys” who were assigned to the third floor of the LA County Jail. Some deputies had “3000″ tattooed on the back of the neck.
The Sheriff’s Department has had problems with gang-like groups forming within its ranks in the past such as the Grim Reapers, the Vikings and the Little Devils, which have been connected to LA County sheriff’s stations. A federal judge called the Lynwood Vikings, a “neo-Nazi, white supremacist gang” that had engaged in racially motivated hostility. The county had to pay $9 million in fines and training costs in 1996 to settle claims.
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