Rep. Maxine Waters calls for federal probe of L.A. County deputies’ alleged Executioners gang

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) hosts a community meeting in January of last year.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) hosts a community meeting in January of last year.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Rep. Maxine Waters on Wednesday requested that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate allegations that a violent gang of deputies called the Executioners runs operations at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Compton station.

“I ask that the DOJ take two immediate actions: launch an independent investigation into the existence of the ‘Executioners,’ both at the LASD Compton station and within the greater LASD community, and launch a pattern or practice investigation into the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for potential civil rights and constitutional violations,” Waters (D-Los Angeles) wrote in a letter to the Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland and Asst. Atty. Gen. Kristen Clarke.

Secret groups of deputies with matching tattoos — and names like the Vikings, Regulators, 3000 Boys and the Banditos — have plagued the agency for decades.

The Times first reported on the Compton clique in 2018, when a deputy admitted under oath to having a tattoo on his calf depicting a skull with a rifle and a military-style helmet emerging from flames. The letters “CPT,” for Compton, appear on the helmet.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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