FBI investigating tattooed deputy gangs in Los Angeles
The FBI is investigating a secret society of tattooed deputies in East Los Angeles as well as similar gang-like groups elsewhere within the Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s Department, multiple people familiar with the inquiry said.
The federal probe follows allegations of beatings and harassment by members of the Banditos, a group of deputies assigned to the Sheriffâ€™s East L.A. station who brand themselves with matching tattoos of a skeleton outfitted in a sombrero, bandolier and pistol. The cliqueâ€™s members are accused by other deputies of using gang-like tactics to recruit young Latino deputies into their fold and retaliating against those who rebuff them.
In interviews with several deputies, FBI agents have asked about the inner workings of the Banditos and the groupâ€™s hierarchy, according to three people with close knowledge of the matter who spoke to The Times on the condition their names not...
The show "Live PD" suggests tattoos are common now among law enforcement, secret societies or not. This is popular with Brit cops too. There's even a show called "Hero Ink." I cannot get over the shock, seeing cops imitating the looks of suspects they arrest. What would Jack Webb think? It used to be the rich or aristocrats who set aesthetic trends; now it's street punks.
L.A. County Sheriff deputies got a low rating from me. When my condo was burglarized yrs. ago, they kept accusing me of leaving my door unlocked until I pointed out the hole in my window and blood from the culprit who cut himself on it.
BTW, an acquaintance who retired from the CA State Controller's Office told us that their findings of official misuse of funds in police depts. are ignored by authorities. Antinomianism is found everywhere one looks.