LASD Gang Probe Underway
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating allegations that secret deputy cliques may be operating as gangs out of the department’s Compton station.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s announcement came amid mounting pressure to open a formal probe into the matter. He stopped short of calling it an “investigation,” however, instead referring to it as an “examination.”
The troubling allegations first surface as part of a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a man who was shot and killed by L.A. Sheriff’s deputies. As many as 20 deputies at the Compton Station have matching tattoos of a rifle-bearing skeleton, it was revealed during the trial.
The revelation was concerning given the department’s sordid history with secret department gangs accused of advocating and rewarding violence. Allegations of LASD gangs go all the way back to the 1970s.
The examination is now underway. A report on the findings is expected within the next three months.