Lost Angeles, CA — LA County sheriff’s deputies have divided allegiances according to several police officers who just filed a lawsuit against their fellow cops for beating and choking them nearly to death.
As TFTP repeatedly claims, many law enforcement agencies resemble gangs more than a peacekeeping entity. There are the blue lives matter stickers, the code of silence and the thin blue line. However, many who hear claims such as police are “gang members” who steal from the public often do not investigate such a strong position. Not only do whole police departments get caught up in corruption, but individual gang members can become police officers as well, and control the entire department.
Such is the claim from several deputies who say the gang known as the “Banditos” actually control the East LA police department and have been in control for fifty years. In 2014, police officers who were also members of the Banditos gang reportedly demanded sex from new female recruits.
In July of this year, the FBI was investigating the East LA branch of the LA County Sheriff’s Department whereby Bandito gang members had full control of “station operations”. The report states the Bandito gang member/police officers “put others’ lives at risk by not sending backup to help on dangerous calls, enforced illegal arrest quotas and carried out other forms of harassment”.
The culmination of scandals resulted this month with several deputies claiming they were beaten, choked and nearly killed by fellow officers who were also tattoo wearing members of the Bandito gang. Inspector General Max Huntsman said it’s been going on for 40 years:
For 50 years, the Sheriff’s Department has not addressed this problem…And management has actually supported them by enforcing a code of silence. That is a 50-year problem — it didn’t just arise with our new sheriff.
As a result of inaction by the Sheriff, the taxpayers will likely have to shoulder the financial responsibility of the reportedly vicious attack by badge-wearing gang members. According to a local news report the attack “took place after a party at Kennedy Hall last September that was sanctioned by the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station.”
In all, eight deputies are demanding $60 million in a new lawsuit against Los Angeles County and four fellow deputies they say are members of the “Banditos” deputy gang.
According to Law Enforcement Today, the same members of the sheriff’s department are also tattoo wearing members of the Bandito gang. That tattoo looks like a “skeleton wearing a sombrero, bandolier, and pistol.”
The gang tactics used in street gangs have reportedly crossed over the thin blue line with badge-wearing gang members “using gang tactics to recruit young Latino deputies, and punishing those who reject their advances with physical attacks” and “encourage aspiring members to commit criminal acts, such as planting evidence or writing false incident reports, to secure membership in the group”.
Seven Sheriff’s deputies now claim the Banditos/Cops attacked them.
Here’s one man’s understanding of the infiltration of a street gang into the East LA Sheriff’s Department. The conversation may be very enlightening as to the ramifications of a gang-infested law enforcement agency.