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we're learning that there are gangs of officers within the eli sheriff's department, one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the us alleged gang of sheriff's deputies within the ella county sheriff's department were talking about no home grown groups with internal deputies, they pick a tattoo that they like, they all get tattooed. it's exclusive, it's also secret. and as a result, they form sort of a shadow government, sometimes like a deputy gang is really just what society associates with a street gang. the only real difference is that deputy gangs, they have a badge and they are protected by long lines investigates allegations of violence and intimidation by gangs within the los angeles sheriff's department. could have a answer to the only answer to each other. but if you choose to get better again,
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when you hear these stories, they're so different, but yet they're so alike. can you take me through the day and that he was killed? what happened on that day? that morning he had actually let a per circle for another individual that had passed away. and they were having a barbecue to honor this person's life. that was the reason that he was there. on august 12th 2018, a woman called 911 to say that her boyfriends watch had been stolen at gunpoint. after los angeles county sheriff's deputies arrived, they eventually came across 21 year old anthony bark. when he saw the sheriff's car, anthony ran, but he tripped and fell. the deputies chased him down and they say
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a fight ensued. they cleaned anthony had a gun and shot him 13 times. 10 times in the back. once in the arm and twice in the head. oh, i got the call. it was about 3 o'clock in the morning. we all got there. we kept asking the share of can you tell us if this is him? we stood there from 3 o'clock in the morning to 3 o'clock in the afternoon when they let me go and identify him. i was only able to see maybe a little bit lower than his eyebrow to his chin. and it was like just this little tiny piece. and once i seen that, i screamed and i fell to the floor.
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and that was really fun to re it helped and grow. did i we have a lot of people say, well, why did your kid run in our community when there's a sure of that out there at that late over time. there's a fear of being shot. so anybody is going to run from them a year and a half after anthony was killed, the eli district attorney released an investigation into his death. it found that there were no fingerprints on the gun. and dna testing was inconclusive. the burglary victim said anthony was not the person who stole his watch. still, the report concluded that the deputies acted in self defense. that's not what
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anthony's family beliefs. they say, the sheriff's deputies who shot him jonathan rojas and nicholas perez used excessive deadly force. be filed a lawsuit after his death, alleging the deputies were members or prospects of the banditos who are the bundy those? it's a gang within that you sally sheriff's department. these are people that are working as detectives as deputies in our communities. the vargas lawsuit claims the bandito was promoted a culture of fear, intimidation and violence inside the sheriff's department. and they say this was a major factor and anthony shooting, are you banditos game member? no, i'm not. in depositions the deputies who shot anthony denied that they're associated with the group shooting. oh yeah. actually burgess was law in order to prove slightly neutral. but that's not why partial these people
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are untouchable. it's not about human life. they want exactly what every gang member wants, the power and control these claims are not new. these groups have existed in the sheriff's department for at least 50 years. the department calls and flicks are subgroups and argues that their social in nature like a fraternity at their widely known as deputy gangs. a deputy gang is a group of law enforcement officers who band together like a traditional street gang under a common symbol against that too. often very menissi, very violent jumped out boys, for example, that's a tattoo of a skull holding a revolver. and for each kill
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a bullet and smoke is added to the chamber of the revolver. and what are the kinds of things that you have to do to become a member? you have to break the rules early, which often means racially profiling. people having unconstitutional arrests, val, arising excessive use of force, shooting people. but it's done in the name of law enforcement, where the group members think they are the best, most hard working, effective law enforcement officers in the county. i believe that 85 percent of the department is not affiliated with a deputy gangs, but they're incredibly influential. since the 19 seventy's, at least 18 deputy gangs have existed in the sheriff's department, some of which are still active. probably the most reported on is the banditos or the executioners, but they are new ones that are created probably every year. i would say they seem
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to cluster around areas of los angeles, where there are lots of people of color, easily low income. there are no deputy gangs in malibu when deputy sat in a deposition of europe cubby, executioners would celebrate a bars after a deputy shot someone in any mortgage. the shooting is not in the case, alleging the involvement of eli deputy gangs. i was late shooting a rodgers. were others have also gotten coverage was i don't my member or a huge topic in lawsuits. diabetes of alleged that. those who want to join a gang often engage in aggressive policing. there is no history pilot in the search . according to her report by law, you'll a law school, sheer of stations with active gangs had the highest rates of deputy involved
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shootings. and more than 80 percent of those shot were black or latino. our name i am the m anthony vargas. i mean, i'm standing alongside a lot of big family that have experienced the exact same violence from st sheriff's department. isn't going to continue to happen if we don't step up now and put something in place. like with these los angeles, where anthony was killed, has had the highest number of deputy in both shootings in the county since 2016. according to loyola in court testimony, deputies have said that the banditos controlled the station around the time of his fatal shooting. we went to easterly station to see if we could learn more about the
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banditos and the culture here. deputy david bento has been with the ally sheriff's department for 10 years in this car right here. ok. he transferred to the east tele station 6 months ago. you obviously had to deal with a liar street gangs. right. so then if you hear people saying, oh, there's gangs within the sheriff's department, but as a where show me. oh yeah. yeah. so why do you think they're saying? i have no idea. i'm not saying that there's never any bad people in the sheriff or my link, there's bad with in any profession i haven't personally experienced and so i can tell you. but if someone said either, yeah, i hear you still i, it's a shallower kennedy hall. an incident that happened in this building brought out some of the most detailed and damming claims against the banditos to date. in september 2018, the easily station hosted
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a party here for new deputies. by the end of the night, young officer suit angered, alleged banditos during their training were beaten up in this parking lot. at least 2 of them were taken to the hospital. after the assault 8 deputies filed a lawsuit against the county saying the banditos earning legal, racist, and sexist criminal organization that engages and intimidation, harassment, and bullying. and that the even encourage planting guns on victims. they see after they complain to the county, they were retaliated against the benito, with held back up on dangerous halls, stole the bullet proof best of a deputy and left dead ranch outside their hands. with a died a bad debt. this eli sheriff's deputy told us they worked closely with members of the banditos. they decided to come forward for their 1st on camera interview,
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but asked us to hide their identity for fear of retaliation, which they say is ramping in the department in law, through the notes on the wheels over that please personal vehicles so that the milken ball often these earth dogs are not who says that the los angeles county are counting to protect them when deputies try to join, the gang is called chasing inc, referring to the tattoo was chasing and have anything to do with being in boardman shootings. if you get involved in shootings and situations where you do like a staple, they respect that. and if you are chasing linda, looked for toby and doing that, looking for trouble getting involved and shootings will help you get into a deputy gang dot and to tate. ah,
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why did you feel like it was important to speak out and share this information with us? of whole b sherbie in order to fence these guys i, alex vienna, heedless heartedly powered at the hold rector, alex villanueva worked at easterly station early in his career. he was elected in 2018 the coming the latest in a string of ellie county sheriff's, who's had to address concerns about deputy gangs, even share of alex the and where he told the local news reporter that the banditos were in charge at the time of the kennedy hall attack pretty much they were, they were calling the shots. they were dictating the decisions of the station and that as a very bad outcome. obviously. in february of 2020, i approved the department policy a little over a year into his terms. he created a policy prohibiting deputies from joining what he calls clicks. any employee who
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aligns with a quicker sub group which engages in any form of misconduct will be held accountable . but it's unclear if anyone has been disciplined or terminated under the policy. he we went to ask sure if you knew about what exactly has been accomplished around these groups, the social function people band together, unit price. he says the issue was overblown. pottery in the absence of good supervision. yes, it could be harmful, but other groups that have tattoos. in fact, all of them engage in charitable activities. he told us internal affairs investigation found no misconduct by the deputies in the shooting of anthony vargas . there was no wrongdoing if they're not given misconduct, does no action for an employer to be involved. which means the department won't investigate the deputies in one of these groups. unless
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a crime has been committed. i don't make decisions based on perception. i need facts, evidence, as someone uses a gun unlawfully because of in furtherance of again, i have never ever seen that. the allegations have been there, men made there by plaintiffs attorneys because they get to add more zeros to the check. when the county settles. you're telling me that somebody who lost a loved one, that their motive is purely financial. well, if your love one fought with the deputies, armed and the depth is we're able to overcome the resistance and they resort to the deadly force. at some point i have to say, timer is exists, accept the facts in don't tarnish your organization because you just cannot accept that. i'm sorry, but that's all crap. i'm not gonna sit here and i'm not going except that he knows there is a gang within his department's. he knows that he needs to do something about it
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and my son deserved better. he had aspirations. now he wanted to be the next barbecue pit master. amazing, cook. oh, growing up his siblings is to pick on him because he was such a mama's boy. and as he became a preteen, he became a grandma's boy. one. he was very jolly, always helping. now we're left here wondering how my son would have been, what they did to him was not fair. and what we believe is when done in darkness comes to like, what we all call me for you to understand, you know, different hill or children or kill the individual. we're taking down the whole family. and now we're going to pick up the pieces just like when you do an
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investigation, you want people to walk away with you. where did with notice who's looking for any answers. even the inspector general bloss angelus, whose job is to provide oversight of the sheriff's department, says he's been left in the dark, asked about them our ability to investigate which is granted by state law and local law has been completely shut down by the current church administration. how by refusing to respond to subpoenas by refusing to provide document or instructing people to refute. so he's saying that you need all the facts, but he's blocking you from getting all the facts that gra, view bandido investigation. so this is the report as you can in his report, he says, an internal investigation by the sheriff's department almost completely ignored evidence of the banditos role in the kennedy hall attack. deputies refused to speak . that's an example of a code of silence that is enforced from above. he says that sheer villanueva has
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promoted a culture of intimidation, that extends to oversight. officials like him to that, that sweeps for bugs because i get inform, it's telling me that he's are bugging my e mail. he has a team are politically charged investigation team, and the way they work. as the sheriff announces the target, he tells the public the person's a criminal, and in that team goes and tries to make it the stick in court. i wrote a report about on him re hiring a deputy, a gang member, a guy who had previously been fired and they put me under criminal investigation. one actually was just doing my job. why do you think that he did that? what was a message? he was trying to send you, ah gang bustling is not appreciated. oversight is not appreciated. who did not want us to be able to collect information. he wants to be the only source of information for the sheriff's department. everything is legal, ruined title, so he has,
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he says that you blocked him in information. is that absolutely hogwash things? it's a, it's a joke. sheriff in waivers office did not respond to the claim that he bunk. the inspector general's emails are here. instead, they said that he's repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to transparency and accountability even before i was sworn in, i stopped at east l. a station, which was a source of all the trouble regarding the kennedy hall incident. she reviewed way by said he fired 4 people and suspended others after the kennedy hall as always transferred a toll of 36 personnel from you stella station. he also maintains that he broke up the bandito as by moving deputies to different stations. but according to sworn testimony from the captain of the station at the time, those transfers were not disciplinary. ready what's more documents that fault lines exclusively obtained after interview with
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sheriff ian waiver, seemed to confirm that they showed that in 2019, after the kennedy hall incident, several alleged bandido members were promoted or transferred to coveted assignments . positions which lead to a pay raise or can help advance a deputies career if you're a sergeant girl tenant, if you're working homicide, these are how you repay positions is a lot of money deputies all right now making $250000.00. so what does that tell you? it tells me that it pays to b o deputy good rubber we asked shirt villanueva's office about this, but they did not respond directly and touted his policy prohibiting clicks, sheriffs, the in a way of a is a symptom. but the cause is much older than him. 50 years of deputy gangs in los angeles county is a failure at every level from every
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r of los angeles county government. which is why we are where will you are right now with an out of control problem. but it can be tackled if they would simply release the information about who is affiliated. he didn't deserve what happened to him. okay, we were not able to independently verify of deputy rojas and perez are part of the banditos and their attorneys did not respond to questions. we sent them the people that murdered him don't deserve to be in the streets. what we do know is since the shooting of anthony vargas, they were promoted to training officers, putting them in a position of power over new deputies. and in december 2019 deputy perez, and another officer shot and killed a 25 year old man in east los angeles. it gives us a rage because these are people that were supposed to be here to protect. and sir,
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i want to know who were they protecting other than themselves? who are they serving the sheriffs that actually killed my son? are still in our community. we've all seen them. sheriffs drive by in front of our house after they murdered my nephew and face no consequence. we now know what they're capable of. all my family has been wearing body cameras now, so that if anything should happen, we have everything documented. we've lives our entire lives in east. i'll lay there are gangs harry. now we're not afraid of the gangs in the streets where more on the lookout for the gangs with badges. my family comes out every week. sometimes they come out 3 times a week just to make sure you know that the tree can grow nice and healthy. man,
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thank you all. i missile my crazy the vargas family is determined to take their case to trial. being able to look those officers in the face to have other people judged them the way they judged. my son is what we want. we can walk away with not getting a penny and we're fine with it. okay, so eve are here today for our special meeting on the gangs in los angeles sheriff's department. special meeting is an effort for us for us to really try to here up with your, our ongoing investigations into gangs within the los angeles sheriff's department was one of them is by the civilian oversight commission. out of your been settled, my nephew anthony was 21 when he was executed by 2 yeast alisha deputies who chose
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to target and murder him as an entryway into the deputy gang known as a banditos. instead of being held accountable, the deputies are being rewarded. eradicate deputy gangs. thank you. pam. we've been doing this for 3 years. i get it to the race for you year everything out. it becomes part of a grieving process for us. we want anthony story to get out there because we want other people to take the strength. how many times have you seen a person in a gang related shooting? get shot, 13 times. people need to start rising up in our communities and speaking on what's going on here because we need to take our street back and away from these criminals . nothing in this world that we can do is going to bring back my son. but i'll be damned if my son's life is going to be in me. i'm going to fight hard to make sure that this doesn't happen to another family.
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