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The Democrat Party has morphed into the anti-police party in recent times and you would be hard pressed to find anyone more anti-police than Democrat California Rep. Maxine Waters.
And now she is asking federal authorities to investigate a “rogue, violent gang” within the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s Compton station with no evidence to backup her claims that one exists, Fox Los Angeles reported.
Waters, who represents California’s 43rd congressional district, asked specifically that the DOJ take two immediate actions:
- Launch an independent investigation into the existence of the “Executioners” both at the LASD Compton Sheriff’s Station and within the greater LASD community.
- Launch a pattern or practice investigation into the LASD for potential rights and constitutional violations.
The congresswoman cited a sworn testimony from an LASD deputy who identified more than a dozen deputies with matching tattoos symbolizing their association with the Executioners gang.
“I write to ask that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) take immediate action to address the reported existence of a rogue, violent gang of law enforcement officials, who call themselves the ‘Executioners,’ operating within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD), specifically the LASD Compton station,” she said. “…an LASD deputy provided sworn testimony identifying more than a dozen deputies with matching tattoos symbolizing their association with the Executioners gang… Deputies at the LASD Compton Station reportedly “chase ink”, a slang term for a deputy who attempts to win favor with the Executioners by committing violent acts in hopes of receiving the group tattoo denoting gang membership.”
“The gang allegedly sets illegal arrest quotas, threatens and harasses fellow deputies, and holds parties after shootings, called ‘998 parties,’ which are in part a celebration that a new deputy will be inked by the gang,” she said. “The tattoos worn by the police gang reportedly feature Nazi imagery… In disturbing evidence of the violence perpetrated against the Los Angeles community by the LASD gang, the whistleblower identified the two deputies responsible for the death of Andres Guardado, a Gardena, California teenager killed by police on June 18, 2020, as members of the Executioners…The killing of Andres Guardado is not the only example of the LASD’s excessive and brutal tactics in the Los Angeles community. On August 31, 2020, LASD deputies fatally shot Dijon Kizzee in South Los Angeles.”
The testimony she cites came from Deputy Art Gonzalez who filed a whistleblower complaint in 2020 in which he said that several deputies have matching tattoos that symbolize the “Executioners’ gang, Spectrum News 1 reported.
“I now call them a gang because that’s what gangs do – they beat up other people,” he said.
“There are parties after shootings. They call them ‘998 parties.’ Some people say it’s to celebrate the deputy is alive. Others say it’s to celebrate that they’re going to be ‘inking’ somebody,” he said.
Compton Mayor Aja Brown had called for an investigation by federal authorities last year.
“They terrorize the community and then they cover their tracks,” she said.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has fought back against the allegations.
“We’re trying to build bridges, not tear them down, and I don’t think we’re going to achieve that with press conferences,” the sheriff said last year.
“When you say whistleblowers, know these are people that are suing and when they’re suing…you have to make the allegations as big as possible. That’s just part of the lawsuit process,” he said. “When you go to the actual hard facts and try to prove them, it’s a whole different animal.”
Department spokesman Captain John Satterfield was more direct, claiming Waters’ letter is based on “unproven allegations which she is portraying as facts.”
“The ‘whistle blower’ lawsuit she cites was dismissed with prejudice for lack of evidence,” he said. “What we do have evidence of is the explosion of homelessness in Maxine Waters’ district and throughout Los Angeles County. The peculiar timing of these allegations appear to be a distraction from the many failures, at all levels of government, to address this homelessness crisis.”