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California Police Have their Own Gangs

List of LASD deputy gangs

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This is a list of gangs whose members are associated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) (typically deputies). Press reports indicate the LASD has had a problem with gangs since at least the 1970s and now has around eighteen gangs.[1] The department has used the term “cliques” when discussing these groups.[2]

The 1992 Kolts Commission report said these were found “particularly at stations in areas heavily populated by minorities–the so-called ‘ghetto stations’–and deputies at those stations recruit persons similar in attitude to themselves.”[3] The first deputy gang acknowledged by the LASD was the “Little Devils” in a later-released internal memo in 1973. However, one or more deputy gangs are believed to have been involved in the death of Los Angeles Times reporter and law enforcement critic Ruben Salazar during the National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War on August 29, 1970.[4]

In July 2021, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters called for a United States Department of Justice investigation into allegations that a violent deputy gang known as the Executioners was running the Compton station of the LASD.[5]



  1. Jump up to:abcdef Lockhart, P.R. “A new lawsuit describes a violent gang in LA County. Its members are deputy sheriffs”VoxArchived from the original on 17 July 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  2. Jump up to:abc Valdez, Jonah (13 January 2021). “They’ve been hidden too long’: report details LA Sheriff’s deputy gangs and violence toward communities of color”. Daily News. Archived from the original on 7 June 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  3. ^ “The Secret Society Among Lawmen”Los Angeles Times. March 24, 1999. Archived from the original on September 15, 2021. Retrieved September 12, 2021.
  4. ^ “The Protected Class”Knock LA. March 22, 2021. Archived from the original on September 12, 2021. Retrieved September 12, 2021.
  5. ^ Tchekmedyian, Alene (2021-07-21). “Waters seeks federal probe of L.A. County deputies’ alleged Executioners gang”Los Angeles TimesArchived from the original on 2021-07-21. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  6. Jump up to:abcdefgh “50 Years of Deputy Gangs”. LMU Loyola Law School. Archived from the original on 10 June 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  7. Jump up to:ab Fremon, Celeste. “The Executioners: Does A Violent Deputy Gang Rule LA County’s Compton Station?”Witness LAArchived from the original on 21 April 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  8. ^ “Memo”(PNG)knock-la.comArchived from the original on 2021-04-10. Retrieved 2021-04-10.
  9. ^ “Letter of Complaint”(PDF) May 21, 1990. Archived(PDF) from the original on 2021-04-10. Retrieved 2021-04-10.









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Alleged gangs in the LA Sheriff’s Department to be investigated by oversight panel

Sheriff Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. At least 41 Los Angeles County deputies have been identified as being tattooed members of the Banditos or Executioners gangs, according to the cou
Sheriff Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. At least 41 Los Angeles County deputies have been identified as being tattooed members of the Banditos or Executioners gangs



Last year, journalist Cerise Castle authored an investigation into gangs within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. She detailed the long history of these gangs and how prevalent they still are in Los Angeles, in an investigative series published by Knock LA. “There are at least 18 gangs within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,” according to the investigation, and they are allegedly tied to the deaths of at least 19 people, all of whom were men of color. Castle’s reporting includes a database of names of deputies reportedly involved in these gangs. The department did not speak to the journalism outlet for the series. This week, the civilian oversight board charged with keeping tabs on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) announced it’s launching an investigation into the prevalence of deputy gangs within the department. The announcement of the committee’s investigation comes roughly a year after Knock LA published Castle’s investigation. “It was quite a full-circle moment for me to see that an independent investigation into these deputy gangs is being pursued,” Castle told NPR of the news. Since her project was released, Castle said, she has seen multiple occasions where LASD deputies, along with the gangs they are a part of, “take egregious actions” against civilians in LA. “Many stories do not make it into the news,” she said. Her investigations into LASD deputy gangs continue. These kinds of gangs have created decades of problems within the department and with how it deals with the citizens of Los Angeles, according to the civilian oversight board. Those problems include claims of discrimination, excessive force and even murder. “Deputy gangs have fostered and promoted excessive force against citizens, discriminated against other deputies based on race and gender, and undermined the chain of command and discipline,” said Sean Kennedy, the commission’s chair, in a statement. “Despite years of documented history of this issue, the Department has failed to eliminate the gangs.” Sheriff Alex Villanueva wrote on Facebook that inquiries into his department over alleged gangs are just a “fishing expedition” and “political theater.” He wrote, “Not one elected official, or their political appointees, have provided me even one name” of a deputy involved in gangs. The investigation is set to take five to six months to complete. The commission aims to determine which stations these gangs operate out of, as well as the scope and impact these groups have had on the communities that deputies are meant to protect. The county’s inspector general also launched an investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department this year. In a letter sent to Villanueva, LA County Inspector General Max Huntsman demanded documents from the department that are still owed to investigators. In this letter, Huntsman said at least 41 Los Angeles County deputies have been identified as being tattooed members of the Banditos or Executioners gangs. California law requires that law enforcement agencies maintain a policy prohibiting such “law enforcement gangs.” Yet numerous reports have shown the existence of these deputy gangs within the county’s sheriff’s department. California’s legislature has defined law enforcement gangs as “peace officers within a law enforcement agency who may identify themselves by a name and may be associated with an identifying symbol, including, but not limited to, matching tattoos.” Lawmakers have said the problem appears to be most prolific in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.













L.A. is investigating 50-year-old police gangs, finally


A Los Angeles County Sheriffs vehicle patrols the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, U.S. REUTERSMike Blak
A Los Angeles County Sheriffs vehicle patrols the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, U.S. REUTERSMike Blak



  • Civilian commission announces full-scale investigation into the L.A. Sheriff’s Department

  • At least 18 gangs have existed in the department, a report finds

    Poor, mostly minority communities around the country have complained for decades that some local law enforcement agencies often behave more like racist criminal street gangs than sworn peace officers, unlawfully terrorizing Black and Latino communities.

    Although serious efforts to confront the issue on a systemic level have been absent, there is some evidence to support the assertion in many jurisdictions.


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