The FBI investigates a secret society of tattooed delegates in East Los Angeles, called The Banditos, who allegedly use gait-like tactics to recruit young Latino police officers into their wombs.
The Banditos, who provide themselves with matching tattoos of a skeleton with a sombrero, bandolier and gun, are accused of beating and harassing young police officers who reject them.
It is understood that new members of the gang are required to perform criminal acts to prove their loyalty, such as pointing to evidence or writing false incident reports, a LA Times investigation suggests.
The Banditos, who mark themselves with matching tattoos of a skeleton with a sombrero, bandolier and gun, are accused of defeating and harassing rookie officers who reject them
According to reports with anonymous police officers, the group has a gang-like hierarchy and perhaps even rival gangs within the department with around 10,000 law enforcement officers.
The anonymous informants claim that the Bandito leaders control important elements of the station, including choosing whether a backup is sent during dangerous calls.
The delegates say that the Bandito leaders, who would control the most important elements of station operations, would endanger the lives of others by not sending back up to help with dangerous calls, enforcing illegal arrest quotas and other forms of intimidation. to feed.
That's the growth of gangs investigating researchers for rival gangs in the state, including the Reapers in South LA, and another the Spartans and Regulators at the Century Station.
The investigation represents another black eye for a police force plagued with allegations of corruption and crime, dating back to 2011.
The FBI investigation appears to have started after a group of delegates filed a lawsuit against the province accusing sheriff officials of not tackling a hostile atmosphere at the East LA station.
According to reports with anonymous officers, the group has a gang-like hierarchy and there may even be rival gangs within the department, which has around 10,000 law enforcement officers.
In one case it is claimed that four Banditos were bothering a newcomer and when other delegates came in, were punched, kicked and choked unconscious, the legal files claim.
& # 39; People are coming, you know, pounding … were choked … it was just crazy, crazy to believe that they are all police officers, & # 39; said an assistant sheriff Eyewitness news.
The process involves Deputies David Silverio, Gregory Rodriguez and Rafael Munoz, and Sgt. Mike Hernandez, who received paid administrative leave after the incident.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has repeatedly underestimated the importance of tattooed auxiliary sheriffs within the LA enforcement rankings and calls them a & # 39; cultural norm & # 39 ;.
Complainants can be confronted with retaliation. Some who have opposed the Banditos have the word & # 39; rat & # 39; written on their windshield or received a dead rat
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has repeatedly underestimated the importance of tattooed aid groups within the LA enforcement rankings and calls them a & # 39; cultural norm & # 39;
He also pointed to intergenerational hazing between lawyers. He said that there is nothing wrong with the clubs as long as they don't promote illegal behavior.
Villanueva, however, condemned the Banditos of Eastern LA, saying they were upset & # 39; with the previous captain and dictated where delegates would be assigned made possible by the weak leadership of the previous administrations.
& # 39; They were pretty much the boss, they dictated the decisions of the station and of course that has a very bad result, & # 39; said Villanueva.
Complainants can be confronted with retaliation. Some who have opposed the Banditos have the word & # 39; rat & # 39; written on their windshield or received a dead rat.
These accusations are not the first against the Banditos. In 2014, the department was forced to pay a female delegate assigned to the East L.A. station $ 1.5 million to settle a lawsuit.
The woman claimed that she was physically and mentally harassed by some of the 80 members of the clique after refusing to go along with their & # 39; traditions and initiation rituals & # 39 ;.
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